Good Life Tour of the Harn Logan Ham

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist:

For many paintings, sculptures, and even photographs and drawings, it is often the case that they do not appear the same to the viewer when seen in a museum versus on a website or in a book. To fully appreciate many artworks, one must view them in person. Describe an artwork that you saw in the Harn and explain how seeing it in person helped you better understand and better appreciate the work. What is it about the medium of the work or the technique of the artist that you found to be so striking? What did it communicate to you? How did the artwork make you feel?

Upon entering the large round room to the right, there lie a piece in the middle. Form afar it looked like the brain coral I have seen diving with my dad. I had just come from the Natural History Museum next door and had nature on the mind, but when I finished my tour and started to leave, it spoke to me in a different way. I saw it for what it is, a dented ball of aluminum. I remembered playing the dent game on the bus with an empty soda can. I do not know why i would ever do something like punch a can until there are sharp edges. I felt the sickening nostalgia replaced with the relief of time and experience.

Design of the Museum:

Part of the enjoyment of going to a museum comes from the design of the building itself and the ways the exhibits are presented to the public. The architects and the curators have designed the space of the museum to enhance your enjoyment of the artwork through the lighting, the design of the rooms, the use of outdoor space, such as gardens, and by arranging the exhibits thematically with separate wings for different regions of the globe. Describe an exhibit or wing of the museum that is particularly appealing to you and explain why you find the design of that exhibit or wing appealing. Is it the lighting? Is it the use of space? Is it the arrangement of the art? How does the exhibit make you feel?

Perhaps it is because the tour told me to pay attention to the gallery in the Asian wing, but it spoke the most to be as a space. I can say that the previous times I visited the Harn, the wing has been very special. The smell of the wood was something I had not experienced before. The smell added something substantial to the space. I chose to take a picture in the rock garden because of the peace it gives me to walk out into the stone and trace the lines in the gravel, examine the tree growing out of the limestone rock. The tucked away feeling while still extending into the world outside the building gives you a sense of security, that gives your heart freedom to explore into the space.

Art and Core Values:

Art is often very personal. It can evoke many different emotions in its viewers. A work might have a profound affect on one individual but not on another. Art often appeals to our core values and allows us to work through our emotions, such as love, desire, loss, hate, fear, and sorrow. Describe an artwork in the Harn that appeals to one of your core values and explain how the visual representation of the artist allows you to explore and perhaps even better understand or appreciate that core value. What emotion does that artwork instill in you? How does it help you better understand what you believe or cherish?

Transparencies with Blue Movement appeals to my value of patience. I think that self reflection can lead to patience and enlightenment, and abstract art gives and requires both. You must allow your brain to see what it wants to see, then question why it wants to see that. You are forced to reconsider until you feel the piece click into view and you truly see it. I think this can be extended to almost any aspect of life as well. With patience you can reach an understanding of a subject or interaction that would not otherwise be attained.

Art and the Good Life:

Artists often use visual representations of the world to provoke us to think thoughtfully about the human condition. They sometimes even challenge us to recognize injustices and can even inspire us to change how we think or how we act (see, for example, Picasso's Guernica (Links to an external site.)). Just like stories, music, and performances, art can help us think about the Good Life, what we want to achieve, what we want to protect, or whom we want to help. Describe an artwork in the Harn that conveys a Good Life theme and explain how that work evokes that theme. What is the Good Life theme depicted in the art? How does it communicate that Good Life theme and how does it add to your understanding or appreciation of that theme?

The gardens of the Harn communicate seeking of the good life to me. In particular the Irving J. Goffman Garden reminds me of my goals in life. I want to become a well paid engineer and give my family all that they desire. I want to retire early and travel with my wife and kids before its too late. More literally the garden represents something i want to copy in my future. I would love to have a garden walled off inside my house. It also speaks of simplicity, the garden contains one stoneware vessel with a beautiful grass-lined path. The simplicity has a complexity as well which goes with life. I was reaffirmed in my seeking of my good life with a simple glance at the garden.

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