Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist
The Harn had multiple pieces of artwork that resonated with me. One of these was the oil painting called Tokyo Street with Pachinko Parlor II by Yvonne Jacquette. In comparison to the whiet walls of the Contemporary portion of the Harn, this vibrant oil painting stood out. It was much brighter than much of the other pieces with strokes of bright pink, orange, yellow, and green over the darker colors that showed the dark night of Tokyo. Jacquette's technique and how you could see her brush strokes stood out to me. In addition to this, a Pachinko Palace is a noisy arcade where people can play games. It is a place full of life and Jacquette showcased this quality of the Pachinko Palace and the city of Tokyo itself. The artwork made me feel lively and excited for the possibilities that life brings.
Design of the Museum
As soon as I entered The Harn, I felt much more calm and at peace. The white walls in the contemporary exhibit not only allowed the artwork to stand out, but created a tranquil atmosphere. This was also present in the Frida Kahlo exhibit with the blue walls. The room was designed in such a way that I felt I was guided through the exhibit and each piece stood out equally. The space was open which allows the visitor to fully take in the art and enjoy their experience at the museum. The lights in the room as seen in the picture below are placed so strategically that it reflects off all the pieces and brings emphasis on ones that may go unnoticed. This also contributed to the tranquil atmosphere of the exhibit.
Art and Core Values
As soon as I saw Gate #2 by Ross Bleckner, I loved it. The colors were calming yet the vertical lines and optical illusion effect was anything but peaceful. After reading about this painting, I realized the meaning behind this artwork. Bleckner uses light to make it seem as if its is emanating from the painting. It's as if the light is pushing through "bars of institutional or personal confinement". This resonated with me because a value that is important to me is being yourself. I often feel pressured to change to better fit in with this mold society has created in order to be a "cool" and "chill" person so I can feel more accepted by others around me. However, I am an incredibly goofy and not very chill person. This can be seen in one of the photos below. The artwork reminds me of that and brings me a sense of peace seeing my thoughts and emotions represented in a piece of artwork.
Art and the Good Life
Throughout the Harn, the "sharing" module was represented. The Harn is a place where anyone can visit despite background or economic class. Admittance to the Harn is even free to students of UF! This reminded me of David Conrad's reading "Community Murals as Democratic Art and Education". Conrad discussed the idea of murals and how they are open to all to participate. The museum seemed to me like a more formal mural. Artists from all walks of life, backgrounds, and economic classes are represented. One part of the museum that I believe embodied this module was the Frida Kahlo exhibit, specifically the photo of Frida Kahlo wearing the Tehuana Dress. Her friends described the process of her getting dressed in this outfit as "a cross between a ceremonial ritual and the creation of a work of art". This reminds visitors that Frida Kahlo was open and took part in different cultures and that she herself is from a hispanic background.