Thursday was a record night for artist Brian Donnelly, better known as KAWS, as his show Down Time opened at the High Museum. The show marks the first time KAWS' work has been exhibited in Atlanta and is also the largest exhibition of KAWS' work to date. From a 24-foot-long triptych to 27 circular paintings, the show is a visual feast that can't be done justice through photos. The majority of the works feature abstractions of KAWS' KawsBob character, which is his interpretation of the popular Nickelodeon character SpongeBob. A large part of KAWS' work draws inspiration from pop culture, particularly iconic cartoon characters ranging from Snoopy all the way to "The Simpsons."
In conjunction with the exhibition opening, DJ Hurricane, formerly of Beastie Boys, provided music for a dance party in the museum's atrium. KAWS: Down Time definitely injects a shot of vibrancy and liveliness into the halls of the High, and hopefully is the beginning of a new trend for the museum. The show will be on display through May 20.