Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist
Stuart Robert Purser
This painting was expressionistic, with splotches of colors giving a sense of the background, and harsher black lines detailing the action of the painting. Being able to see the artwork in person allowed me to more closely examine how the paintbrushes differed from the background and the figures. The background consisted of wide, seemingly carefree strokes, while the bicyclists were precise outlines. The medium was so striking because it was able to portray movement and a sense of action in the painting. It communicated to me a sense of speed, almost of urgency as the bikers were biking in the pack. It made me feel anxious as it was a more tense scene.
Design of the Museum
The room adjacent to the garden was the most appealing to me. Both the lighting and the use of space worked well together. The large windows gave a large amount of light and made the room feel very open. Being able to view the garden that was outside also added to the sense of peace and tranquility of the room and of the art. The use of the space was also the most interesting to me as well. Unlike other parts of the museum that were artwork after artwork lined up, this space had very few pieces of art, as well as the large sculpture. This allowed more attention to be focused on each piece of art and gave it it's own space. This exhibit overall made me feel more peaceful as well as more attentive to the art.
Art and Core Values
Semiotics of the Kitchen (1975)
This video is a woman in the kitchen going through various cooking utensils, having her gestures growing increasingly violent as she moves through all the letters of the alphabet. This is showing her frustration of the oppressive roles of women in society. This appeals to my core values, because similar to the artist I do not like being oppressed. This was an interesting reminder commenting on the roles that some women play in society, and these expectations. Although this is from 1975 and there have been improvements in equality since that point, it helps to give an understanding of what women were and are fighting for. The presentation of her message is humorous, and this is the initial emotional reaction that I have to the piece. However, once further analyzing it and looking at the message being presented, it does evoke passion and frustration at the inequalities that women have had to face and still have to face in society. This helps me better understand what I believe because it is important to see the history in order to gain better understanding of conditions today.
Art and the Good Life
Green Square (1981)
This piece of art features a green square in the center of the painting, with red lines extending towards this green square. This evokes the theme of seeking the Good Life. Every person in the world can be represented by these red lines, as individuals. From far away you can't get the sense of the individual lines, but you can get this sense of movement and energy surrounding the flat green square. The square can come to represent those who have achieved enlightenment and are able to reach and enjoy the Good Life. This shows how everyone has their own journeys to the Good Life, but collectively they are similar in the sense that they are all striving for the same end result. Once people reach this end result, the resulting enlightenment is the same regardless of the journey. This adds to my understanding of the theme because it is a visible experience, rather than a written piece of work describing this idea.