Introduction: This week I had the opportunity to experience the Harn, a museum of art, at the University of Florida campus. This was a wonderful and interesting experience, and you can look at all of the things that I did while I was there below. Scroll through to view the pieces I thought were most interesting and influential, and go visit the Harn for yourself!
Medium of the Art/ Technique of the Artist: The painting above is an oil painting on canvas. The title of the piece is "Tokyo Street with Pachinko Paper II" by Yvonne Jacquette. This painting is a vibrant view of Tokyo at night time. Seeing this image in person helped me to better appreciate the work because of the brush strokes. In person, you can see all of the raised paint and the texture of the brush strokes on the canvas. This made me appreciate all of the hard work that must have gone into the work itself. It amazed me how much oil paint the artist actually used and how they used it. The raised paint is what I found to be most striking about this piece, but I could also argue that the small details in the work also make it quite a notable and memorable work. This work with the techniques that I found so striking communicated the relationship between hard work and the busy lives of those in the city. It communicated that all of the city is alive and real, which was shown by the raised oil paint on the canvas. It really showed that it wasn't just a painting, but a creation that was living. The artwork made me feel excited like the people who lived in the city in the painting, and it also made me feel kind of dreamy because of the setting of the painting along with the bright lights attached. I really enjoyed this piece and I think it is one of my favorites at the Harn.
Design of the Museum: This wing of the museum called "Mirror Mirror...Portraits of Frida Kahlo" was especially appealing to me because of the different colors of the walls. Usually in a museum or art exhibit, the walls are white. This exhibit, however, used blue and white walls for the many photos of Frida Kahlo that hung on them. The use of the bold colors like the ones Frida used was a message in itself and drew me closer to the exhibit. The arrangement of art was also attracting to me because all of the portraits were hung in similar frames in similar proportions. This kind of professional and clean presentation is something I like, so naturally I was drawn to this exhibit. This exhibit really breathes Frida Kahlo with the colors and the portraits of her. This wing makes me feel so inspired and energetic because of the colors and the overall message. This was my favorite exhibit out of them all at the Harn, and it is one that nobody should miss.