The Harn Andrew Shafer

Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist

This piece of art is White Closed-Form Vessel made by Toshiko Takaezu. It is a vessel made of stone. What makes this interesting is that the artist wrote poetry on the inside before sealing it so that no one would be able to read it without breaking it. In the process of trying to fully understand this piece of art, it would be destroyed. Looking at it and knowing that there was more to it than I could see gave me a sense of mystery. I think this art shows that you can know someone by their outward appearance and what they choose to reveal to you but their thoughts, emotions, and inner self will always be unknown to you. Also, the simplicity of the exterior shows that there can be more to people than meets the eye.

Design of the Museum

This is the first room I walked into upon exploring the Harn. It is a large room with a lot of open space. The majority of the exhibits are along the wall and much of the floor space is left empty. The room had a wood floor and a white wall. There is purple lighting in the form of scattered rectangles on the top of the wall. The randomness of the purple lighting gives an interesting contrast to the plainness of the wall. I enjoyed the how open this room was. I feel like it prepared me to open my mind when viewing the art that the museum had to offer.

Art and Core Values

This painting is champ d'avoine (Oat Field) by Claude Monet. It is an impressionist painting of a landscape. This art appeals to my values of appreciating nature and having peace of mind. The painting is simple, yet it is aesthetically pleasing. Looking at this painting made me feel calm. It shows that you can achieve a better mental state by looking at nature.

Art and the Good Life

This photograph is Prism by Marilyn Minter. It shows a close up of a woman's mouth with jewelry coming out of it. Minter's art is about women's strive for the perfection of their physical appearance. This picture shows our society's obsession with expensive accessories. The jewels symbolizes materialism and the way they are pouring out of the woman's mouth represents our tendency toward excessiveness. The photograph shows the Good Life theme of hedonism. It shows that having nice things will not bring happiness and getting what you want will only make you want more.

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