Touring the Harn Olivia Izenwasser

Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist

Nets-Infinity (TWOS) by Yayoi Kusama, 2004, Acrylic on Canvas

From afar, Nets-Infinity looks like it is made from cloth, but it is actually just acrylic on canvas, like so many other artworks out there. This illusion adds to the meaning of the work. Kusama is known for her repetitive patterns and how they relate to the cyclical nature and repetition of time. I thought it was cool that she could take such a widely used and simple technique and turn it into something that doesn't even resemble what it normally looks like up close. I also enjoyed the simplicity of the work, but in the simpleness, there is so much meaning.

Design of the Museum

Ode a I'Oubli by Louise Bourgeois, 2004, Book, Hand-sewn and stitched cloth with lithography

There is something very simple about this work and the way it was set up that caught my eye. The work is a story, but is laid out with all the pages shown, instead of in book form. By doing this, the Harn has laid out the whole story for everyone to see at once. Most of them are simple pictures, but have a much deeper, psychoanalytical meaning. The white wall and the white picture frames makes the story pop out to you, but also makes the work seem more simple. Since there aren't any words, the simple background and set up allows you to focus completely on what the work means, rather than being distracted by how the exhibit is set up.

Art and Core Values

Guerrilla Girls Feminist Posters

The Guerrilla Girl's exhibit resonated deeply with me. Gender equality is something I have always stood for, so these posters affect me personally. I have always admired the work that the Guerrilla Girls do; they call out the blatant sexism in art, like how most nude works are of women but how only a small amount of works are made by women. They have no shame in their work and how they call out inequality in art. There has been many strides since the Guerrilla Girls started their work in the 1980s, but we are still a long ways away from being a completely equal society. These works make me proud to be a woman and make me proud of the beliefs I have about gender equality. I hope that their bluntness allows others who may not believe in gender equality, to see that this is an issue and that theres something we need to do about it. They also inspire me to continue to stand up for what I believe in, and not care what others think about me and my beliefs.

Art and the Good Life

Champ d'avoine (Oat Field), Claude Monet, 1890, Oil on Canvas

To me, this painting represents the Good Life because of how simple it is. Most of Monet's paintings are of landscapes and the natural beauty that they have. He makes these simple landscapes seem whimsical and fun and that anyone who goes there would just be free of any stress or pain in their life. To me this is the Good Life; not having to worry about outside stressors, negativity, or anything bad that could be going on around you. The Good Life is something that should come natural and give you a sense of freedom and happiness, which is what this painting represents to me.


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