The Good Life: Tour of the Harn Museum of Art Taylor Parker

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist

Horse: Tang Dynasty (618-906) 7th-9th century Terracotta with traces of polychrone. Gift of Ron Shore.

Horse: Tang Dynasty

Upon entering the Galleria, a collection of horses in a case naturally grabbed my attention with me being a lifelong horseback rider growing up. This is a sculpted horse and the artist used the technique of meandering, shaping and sculpting the piece together which I could only imagine being exceptionally challenging to do because of the detail put into it with the sculpting products used. Horses acquire astringency and great power to themselves and I believe the artist wanted to resemble just that in this piece. The size of this piece was nowhere near equivalent to an actual living horse and I believe with its rustic, callous look, the artist wanted to resemble that the horse may be of an older age, but that with age does not essentially mean useless, but potentially still dependable and sturdy like the hardened clay used to create this piece.

Design of the Museum

The Harn Museum of Art at The University of Florida

Above is a panoramic image of my view of The Harn Museum. The museum itself presents as its own work of art in my eyes with its modern-day touch and exhibiting the art works in such a way that it enhances the pieces on display in the most progressive way possible. Every collection in the museum share a correlation with the other pieces surrounding it, but instantaneously distinguishing itself from one another. The museum places its pieces in the most symmetrical form possible, elegant color coordination of the deep wood flooring and panels with the pops of color from the white pedestals holding the pieces and the aesthetically striking white walls. Due to the simplicity but aesthetically pleasing looks of the museum I felt comfortable as if I was in my own bedroom because I have the hardwood flooring and white accents in my own room, which is where I spend most of my time studying and resting.

Art and Core Values

Agustin Cardenas. Cuban, 1927-2001. "Family" 1991, Bronze with brown patina. Gift of friends of the Harn Museum of Art.

Family by Agustin Cardenas

This sculpture was remarkably appealing to me because of not only the title being “Family”, but with the piece displaying a family all hugging one another, evoking feelings of love and desire for a happy and healthy family. My family relationship is a core value I hold in my life as I am tremendously family oriented and functions primarily off family advice and approval. Families are meant to be there and support each other both physically and mentally and lift each other up when you might be down, and this sculpture shows just that by two larger figures, potentially signifying the parents, lifting and holding the smaller figure, which is possibly the child.

Art and the Good Life

Charles Herbert Woodbury, American, 1864-1940. "Beach Scene" date unknown, oil on cardboard. Gift from the Carol and Stephen Shey Collection

Beach Scene by Charles Herbert Woodbury

Again, I naturally picked a piece immediately that caught my eye that I personally admire. This piece is by Charles Herbert Woodbury and it illustrates a large crowd of people at the beach enjoying themselves whether they are tanning, socializing, swimming, surfing, etc. and relaxing while participating in these activities. I personally love the water and the beach being a native Floridian and my father being a native Hawaiian, so I grew up with much access to the beach and the activities you can do at a young age - for me the beach is my "good life." As humans, we constantly indulge ourselves in pleasures and overlook potentially doing things that make others happy. For many people going to the beach personally makes them happy, therefore they are receiving happiness rather than giving to others - living what is personally their perception on the good life for them. I see this as being the good life because people truly are in their peaceful place when they are at the beach and in our lives, ignorance is bliss because we live by believing what we cannot see, cannot do us any harm.

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