Harn Museum of Art Daniel Nunez

MEDIUM OF THE ART/TECHNIQUE OF THE ARTIST: The sculpture on the pictures is an untitled artwork made by John Chamberlain in the 1970s. When you look at the picture it doesn't even seem to be art. But in person, this perspective changes completely. This happens with most artworks, that's why it is important to go to museums and galleries to appreciate art. Seeing it in the Harn made me observe the little details of shape and color of the sculpture and also understand it. The sculpture is made of aluminum foil, acrylic and painted with lacquer, which I found really striking, because one would never think that a sculpture made this way would become an artwork. It is awesome how an artist has the imagination to transform what we would usually consider as garbage, to art. This sculpture caught my attention at once, for its perfect, non-common structure, shape and color.
DESIGN OF THE MUSEUM: The exhibit of the museum that I found most interesting and appealing to me was the African Collection. This is due to the arrangement of the art, use of space and variety of interactive artworks. The collection has different types of artworks, including sculptures, photographies, paints, and even videos. The museum has its own wing for this collection and since you put the first step on it, they show you a big video of African people dancing, and ahead, colored sculptures, artifacts and images, that just make you get in their culture and traditions. The exhibit definitely made me feel amazed.
ART AND CORE VALUES: These are paintings by Rafael Tufino, a Puerto Rican artist. They are called the "Coffee Portfolio", because they clearly show how the coffee industry and Latin American culture is. This collection appeals my core values and emotions because I am Venezuelan, and it just shockingly reminds me how my heritage culture is. The painting that shows people playing music and dancing recalls how family parties used to be back home, and I just started thinking how much I miss home. But they also bring happiness to me, because those are the good memories that I will always have and I am glad that art shows Latin American culture as a hard working one, but also as a happy community.
ART AND THE GOOD LIFE: The "Seated Buddha" sculpture by Gandhara is located in the Asian collection of the Harn. I chose it because the first thing I thought about when I saw it was "Siddhartha", the book we discussed in class and has an important relation to the Good Life. By just looking at it one feels a sensation of calm and relaxation. I started thinking about how Siddhartha reached his Good Life, all the sacrifices he had to make, all he left behind and all the effort. But the sculpture shows a Buddha who probably also went through all this, but after all he has a calm face of happiness because he was able to reach the enlightenment, which teaches all of us that after all effort and suffering, good things come and happiness comes with them.
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Daniel Nunez


All pictures taken by me, except the introductory one, which was taken from the University of Florida webpage.

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