Avian art at High
A different kind of exhibit will take wing this fall at the High Museum of Art, a show of 34 naturalistic bird carvings by South Carolina artist Grainger McKoy, the museum has announced.
On view Sept. 25-Jan. 8, “The Sculpture of Grainger McKoy” also will also include a selection of models and color sketches and a film of the artist at work in his studio.
McKoy’s sculpture is “finely rendered and artistically designed, challenging popular conceptions of wildlife art,” High director Michael Shapiro said in a release.
Distinct from many wildlife artists, McKoy hand carves individual feathers and inserts them into place — a technique he introduced at the beginning of his career more than four decades ago. Pulling from his college studies of architecture and zoology, he crafts complex compositions of birds taking flight that appear to defy gravity.
The High-organized exhibit is being curated by the museum’s American art curator Stephanie Heydt.