Good Life Trip to the Harn Diana Ryan

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Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist (Artist:John Chamberlain: untitled)

A piece of art I viewed that I felt could be more appreciated in person than in a book was an untitled sculpture by John Chamberlain. It was made of aluminum foil, acrylic, lacquer, and polyresin. I found the medium striking because it crushed such a vastly large version of an everyday item (industrial weight aluminum) crushed into such a conformed shape. Seeing it in person helped me to appreciate the art better because I wouldn’t have seen the variation in the folds and how much power must have been put into crushing it into a cube. I found it appealing because it was such a chaotic mass formed into such a perfect geometric figure.

Design of the Museum

A part of the museum I found particularly appealing was the water garden they had at the back of the building. The wing of the museum that lead out to the garden was filled with intricate cultural pieces. The outside of the building had a strip of reflective tile that was aesthetically pleasing and running water in the garden created a calming effect in the area.

Art and Core Values

A piece in the Harn that evoked emotion was a print by Selgado called Cemetery of the Town of Haultla de Jimenez. The print portrayed a dog laying on top of a grave. It reminded me of the love I feel foe my dog because of his unwavering loyalty.

Art and the Good Life

An artwork that conveyed a sense of the good life to me was Cast of Thousands also by Salgado. It incited in me a sense of injustice even without an unjust context attached. It showed crowded and dirty, hard labor conditions. The piece reminded me of how I would like to protect my sense of freedom.

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