Good Life at the Harn Museum Presentation by Anthony Hunter, photo By user WillMcC - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, www.wikipedia.org

Medium of Art and Technique of Artists

Photo Taken by Johndrew Ocampo, 12 FEB, 2017

The work I've chosen, titled "Para eso habeis nacido" (This Is What You Were Born For), depicts the aftermath of a battle. In it, a soldier is scene vomiting after seeing a pile of fallen soldiers. The artist does not use any color, instead using stencil/lead to create a sketch. The lack of colors exemplifies the bleak feelings that soldiers sometimes face during war, and portrays the horrid results of conflict. Seeing it in person allowed me to better examine the artwork and the style used, with much being lost in the picture seen above. As someone who personally prefers paintings and drawings to sculptures, this method of artwork better delivered the message and I was able to appreciate the artwork more. As a member of the ROTC program, I can relate with the aspect of warfare and its costs and consequences. As such, it left a somewhat somber impression on me and left me feeling understanding of the artist's message.

Design of the museum

Photos Taken by Johndrew Ocampo and Anthony Hunter, 12 FEB, 2017

This wing of the museum was located in the Asian exhibit, portraying a typical Asian style-pond, specifically Japanese. This exhibit/wing intrigued me a lot, as I thoroughly enjoy the outdoors and Asian culture. I enjoyed the fact that they used the entire area for an exhibit, with trees, flowing stream, and pond, as well as the natural lighting instead of dimly lit bulbs. Part of the exhibit held a pleasant smell, and was overall a nice addition to the museum. Being there made the overall experience more worthwhile and enjoyable, as it was in stark contrast to the rest of the museum.

Art and Core Values

Photos Taken by Johndrew Ocampo and Anthony Hunter, 12 FEB, 2017

As previously mentioned, "Para eso habeis nacido" (This Is What You Were Born For), depicts the aftermath of a battle. This piece speaks to me personally as a member of the Army and National Guard, as a large part of my Good Life is Fighting for it. It instills a sense of purpose and minor sadness to think about the past soldiers who have fallen. With that sadness came my sense of purpose and pride of what I'm a part of and what I do, as well as my duty to others. This piece of art helps me better envision my Good Life as it solemnly yet honestly depicts the side of my Good Life that is not always present or shown in Hollywood or the media.

Art and the good life

Photo taken by Anthony Hunter, 12 FEB, 2017

"Para eso habeis nacido" (This Is What You Were Born For) depicts the cost of fighting for our friends and family, as well as our rights and freedoms. This picture portrays the Fighting For the Good Life theme, as people fought and died to protect the ones they love. The artwork communicates that theme both literally, as it is a picture of a man reacting to fallen soldiers, as well as metaphorically, as he is learning that fighting for his Good Life has hidden consequences. Overall, it does assist in visualizing and understanding what I have chosen to be my Good Life and what it may cost to uphold and pursue.

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Photos taken by Anthony Hunter and Johndrew Ocampo, 12 FEB, 2017

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