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.
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.