Good Life Tour of the Harn by tatiana radulovic

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist:

This piece called "City Block" instantly caught my eye. The depth perception was the first aspect that I was drawn too. The tiny glimpse of a ledge right at the bottom, the tall out of the frame building on the side, the streets in a bird's eye view all brought the city to life. I felt as if I was sitting on the edge of a building, looking out onto the busy streets below me. I imagined the weather to be cold because of the colors in the painting. The dull shades of grey, red, and yellows hinted of a cloudy and chilly day. The small detail of smoke coming from the buildings indicated the heat blasting inside the buildings, the families and people inside seeking warmth. The river in the background, with the ferryboat and crowded docks, another part I loved. With no context of the location of the city, the busy river was an instant reminder of Manhattan Island. Lastly, the geometry of the painting was striking. The triangular position of the streets around the buildings, everything being in a slight angle.

City Blocks c.1929, Bertram Hartman

Design of the Museum:

Throughout the museum I was captivated by the interior design. The empty walls, the sharp corners, and vast open spaces. The first picture I snapped when I walked into the photography exhibit. I love the lighting on the walls, some parts being highlighted more then others, and the straight blocky arrangement of the photographs. The black and white theme highlighted the subtle colors of the photos, and allowed me to feel calm and appreciative. The second photo is the small outdoor asian garden. We cautiously entered, not knowing if we were allowed to, and instantly was in awe. The patio was so small, but I felt like I was in a garden. The landscaping captured every available space and turned it into a beautiful scenery. The still water, with the bridge overlooking, the soft hum of the waterfall, and blossoming flowers everywhere created a serene environment. The third photo I chose because of the cut off wall. This large room, with high ceilings, was only separated by small barriers, which were used to start new exhibitions. The hard wood floors and chairs, made the room seem life like and accessible to everyone.

Art and Core Values:

I ran over to this artwork. The aerial map view, the pencil art surrounding it brought out the adventurous side of me. I travel whenever I get then chance, and I constantly stare out side the windows when on airplanes, buses, boats, or whatever else. This grand art made me feel as if I could grasp the world and make it mine. Each drawing on the side represented a place I would want to go, some building I could capture in an artistic way. Going to the Harn made me realise how each artwork representing a city or travel immediately called to me. I saw this passion I have to live and be a part of a bigger picture, and not to be stuck in one place but instead always changing my scenery.

Art and the Good Life:

These paintings are very abstract art. They each resemble something different to every eye, they each bring out something special in everyone. I see them resembling 'Seeking the Good Life'. The artists that created these paintings did so passionately, creatively, and spontaneously. They let their emotions take over. When we are seeking for something, we often lose ourselves along the way. While getting to a point, we find something or encounter obstacles that lead us closer to the individual we are becoming. Each of these pieces, illustrates the artists journey to completion of the painting. They may have started with a different outcome in mind, but as they began to seek for that image a new one occurred. The strange coloured blocks in the to left, with the seemingly random objects placed inside represent a journey. The misplaced items on the desk containing disproportions show a path taken. The squiggles and the curves of the right picture create a window, one that leads you to imagination. Whether or not you see the same in each of these pieces does not matter, it is how we interpret them for ourselves. That is the beauty of abstract as well as the wonder of 'seeking'.

Constructivo con cielo y nubes 1963, Augusto Torres [top left] Naturaleza mureta con libro abierto 1968, Augusto Torres [bottom left],

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