Harn Museum of Art By: Jemiela Masanga

An artwork that I found interesting was a piece done by an artist from Ghana, named El Anatsui , made of Aluminum and copper wire. The piece, entitled "Old Man's Cloth" is made to appear like cloth from far away, however when looked upon closely, it is made up of hundreds if not thousands of bottle caps from brand-name liquor bottles originally introduced by the colonists. What struck me with the piece was that it paid homage to the kente cloth by the the Asante and Ewe people but still managed to make a point on colonization and acknowledge the country's history with colonization. It reflected both the country's culture and it's exchange of ideas from the Western World.

I found the Rock Garden exhibit at the Harn Museum to be aesthetically pleasing. I loved that it was outdoors and the lines formed in the rocks were pleasing to the eyes, and I loved the straight lines that split the sidewalk from the gravel. I enjoyed that the exhibits were outdoors and that the weather outside played an important role in the exhibit. I enjoyed that the lighting used for the exhibit is natural light, therefore dependent on the day. The sky is something that sets the mood for the exhibit. I also enjoyed the way the shadow of the building formed on the I loved the way they used the space, with a lot of space between the rocks, while using gravel where the rocks were placed. Overall, this exhibit was the most pleasing to me.

This painting by Yvonne Jacquette, named "Tokyo Street with Pachinko Parlor II", with the medium of oil on canvas really spoke to me, due to my core values. I value being my Asian background and culture, as well as my dreams. This particular painting spoke to me because it reflected both my ethnic background as well as my dreams for the future. The city of Tokyo from above is painted with bright colors lighting the signs. This painting shows one of the things I value and another that I am working towards. In a way, because it was set in Tokyo, it helped me remember what it was like when I visited Japan for the first time, on my way to Florida from the Philippines. It reminded me of the uncertainty I felt at the young age of 7, on my way to a new place. After we left the Philippines, we explored Japan for a bit before going to the United States. This painting reminded me of that. This painting also reminded me of my dreams one day to live in a big city, in a way the setting of the painting from above reminds me of New York City, a place I want to live in and work, it reminds me of what I am working towards.

This particular art work of an advertisement by the Guerrilla Girls, is something that represents the Good Life. It ties in particularly with the module Embodying the Good Life. It brings attention to the people who are not equally represented in the art community due to their gender and color of their skin. This advertisement represents the problems that minorities face and their struggles and how they are underrepresented in the world, including the arts. This art work represents how the Good Life or the struggle for the Good Life is portrayed in art.

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