The harn meets the good life Jacob Parker

Medium and technique of the art

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Located at the back of the Harn, about as far from the entrance as one can get, is the beauty and uniqueness of the South East Asian heritage exhibit. While on the walk to said exhibit, one can expect to pass a variety of art on a vast array of mediums, such as wood, paper, canvas, cardboard and more. However, what makes these pieces so unbelievable, is that they are not constructed out of glass, nor on parchment, but they are carved out of stone. Contrary to a drawing with pencil, or most art, what makes this craft so special, is that if an artist messes up, or chisels of a piece they should not have, they have to completely start over, they cannot simply erase their error. With the intricate details in each piece, such as that of the buddha statue I am standing next to, it becomes clear not only how delicate and precise every movement has to be, but how long and careful the process of making this art is. Also, the detailed technique of the artists become very apparent as you explore more and more of these wonderful works. For example, the picture in the top right is of a very large, and seemingly curvy rock structure. This picture does not do it justice, because the artist did an amazing job making the entire structure seem like it was naturally formed in that shape. Whether you consider yourself an art expert, or you have very little knowledge of art (such as myself) this exhibit does perfect job in conveying appreciation toward the skill and precision of the artist.

Design of the museum

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One of, if not the, most intriguing parts about the Harn is that every section of the museum is specially catered to what art is on display there. Although there are many fantastic areas, I found an appreciation for the one shown above. The one shown above houses a variety of older pieces, with varying mediums of cardboard, to parchment, and it even has one of Picasso's work. This wing of the museum does a great job instilling a sense of appreciation of the artwork in those that walk through it. The arrangement of the walls and artwork draw guests toward the center of the exhibit, where large, intricate drawings of maps are there to leave anyone who views their incredible detail, awestruck. The lights are used in a way that gives off an uplifting mood in the gallery. This intentionally leads a person to view the art in a positive way, and allows them to fully enjoy what they are seeing. Furthermore, by having walls constructed in the middle of the main room, it allows for more artwork to be hung up, than if they weren't there at all. Overall, the exhibit purposely draws you to the center of it, where its most prominent pieces are, but it also helps exude a sense of ease, and elegance about the pieces within it.

Art and core values

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As one walks throughout the different wings of the Harn, it is possible to pass, or even miss some parts. However, it is nearly impossible to pass by this art without noticing them, which is exactly what they were intended to do, get attention. They stick out like a sore thumb, because they are loud, and in your face pieces. These pieces were made to speak out about the injustice toward women, specifically those in the arts. One of my personal core values that I put very high, is the believe that we need to help others. This art speaks to me, because it draws attention to an issue society has deemed taboo, and one that many think is not worth protesting over. Although these banners and flyers were created decades before I was born, they instill a sense of urgency and a need to fix this inequality in me. This art is powerful, because it has the ability to show raw emotion to anyone, the pain and the unfairness, is very well articulated in these pieces. Personally, these pieces help show me how I need to step up in the world, and help those that are put down by society, and help create a culture that accepts all people, from every walk of life.

Art and the good life

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The Harn has many different exhibits that can represent the Good Life. Whether looking at the vast collection of Frida Kahlo work, or observing the wondrous different masks, many of the pieces show off cultures that could not be described in any other way. These pieces shown above were created by Pablo Picasso, and they show various scenes of a matador and bulls. These paintings do a great job explaining how the good life works for some people. Although these matadors may not receive a huge payment for the dangerous work they do, they continue to do it, because that is where they find meaning in their life. By finding this meaning of their lives, it allows them to discover an easier way to achieve the good life. The simplicity of these paintings help portray how achieving the good life does not necessarily need to be a complicated, nor difficult task, but it is the individual that needs to discover what the good life means to them, and how to achieve it.

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