Good Life in the Harn


As someone who's lived in the Gainesville area for over 10 years, the Harn Museum is no wonder. Unlike many classmates, I know exactly where it is and visiting it is nothing new. However, while visiting it this time, everything felt a little different. I felt like learning about the Good Life has increased the amount of meaning that I saw in each item. I see more of the Good Life and how the painters express their joy or other feelings more clearly

Medium of the Art

The Black Flame, created by TANAKA Tomomi, and gifted to the Harn Museum by Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz, is incredible to see in real life. The artwork is made out of stone and seeing it made a world of a difference. It looks like flowers dancing in flames. At the same time, the all black look makes you wonder what the creator really meant, as flames are bright and flowers are full of color. Being able to truly see the fantasy of the shape made me understand that the author was trying to create a shape where the viewer didn't need the sculpture to have color to actually see the color. You're supposed to use your imagination.

Design of the Museum

My absolute favorite wing of the Harn is the Asian art exhibit. The large windows allow light to flood the room, meaning that one can see the art in natural light. The wood gives a great balance to the decor and makes it feel cozy and warm. It also adds a good amount of color to the room, and the simple designs in the wood itself give a subtle yet elegant look to the room as a whole. The view of the little lake/garden actually transports you to Asia, and you feel so much more involved with and close to the art. The art is set up around the room, with a few pieces being scattered in the middle. It makes the room feel really big with lots of space to move around.

Art and Core Values

Childe Hassam's Northeast George at Appledore is one of my favorite pieces of artwork in the Harn. It has so many lively colors, it makes me feel so warm and bright. It portrays such a beautiful scenery. I see a semi cloudy sky, some rocky cliffs, and slightly rocking water. This is something I would love to travel around the world to see, and then photograph it. Because of that, it appeals to my core value of exploration. I want to go around and explore. It's part of my Good Life, to meet new people, experience new cultures, and try new things. Seeing this picture just makes me happy on an emotional level. The beautiful balance in the colors truly makes me smile and want to see this place in real life.

Art and the Good Life

The Infinity Pillars, by WADA Akira, represents the Good Life very well for me. The fact that the pillars "extend forever" reminds me that our lives are like that. Our lives keep going no matter what happens. Whether it goes well or not, depends on the day, or how we're feeling, life goes on. And the sculpture represents that. The ridges shows our ups and down, but ultimately our Good Life. Like Siddhartha says, we can not have pleasure without pain. We need the downs for the ups. It adds to my understanding because it gives me a visual representation of the Good Life.

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