"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination"
- Carl Rogers
Medium of the Art
Old Man's Cloth, El Anatsul
El Anatsul was born in Ghana. He then moved to Nigeria where he lived until 1975. During his time there, he began collecting discarded whiskey caps made of aluminum. The colonists were the first to introduce these caps to this region. The way he is able to weave such a material into the magnificent piece of work we see today is beyond belief. This particular piece stood out to me for this category because it speaks volumes to the aspect of life that many people forget: waste.
David A. Collin Asian Art Wing
The design of the museum caught my attention early. Walking up to the entrance, I fell in love with the mosaic water display. Upon entering, I immediately noticed that the museum had a certain sleekness about it. My favorite part about the design, without a doubt, was the sub-gardens. The floristry is incredible. The Asian Art Wing is absolutely beautiful. Hoichi Kurisu did an amazing job designing this section of the museum.
Chillin in the Asian Garden
This piece by Frank Stella caught my eye as I started the tour. It's edgy. The clash of colors, the ordinate placement and the integrity combine to create an abstract extravaganza. While I don't necessarily resonate with Stella's vision in his abstraction, I love how he portrays it. One of my most important values I hold near and dear to myself relates to being abstract in life. Seem out of place and people will notice you. When all eyes are on you, when the pressure is unmatched, greatness happens. But only when you differentiate yourself enough to create your own stigma.
The Good Life
Imogen Cunningham, Frida Kahlo
Frida, Frida, Frida. If she were alive today she would be my wife, simply put. Her ability to accept her life for what had happened to her is unbelievable. She lived through polio, a bus accident and an abusive relationship to an artist with more acclaim than her. All while doing so, creating works of art that would in a sense go unnoticed and unappreciated until long after her death. Her art is in a class of it's own. She used her pain, her experiences to depict things other artists couldn't even mentally grasp. The subtlety at which she approached each painting or picture is what separates her from the others, even her more famous husband at the time, Diego Riviera. Frida put everything that had happened to her in her life into her paintings. She may not have lived the best life but she lived her life. And you can follow it through her work.