Medium of the Art/ Technique of the Artist
Through taking various art classes, I knew what woodcut prints were. However, I did not realize the intricacy of the prints until seeing this one in person. From afar or form simply seeing photos of this type of print, it looks like an ordinary black and white painting. Viewing the artwork up close allowed me to appreciate the details and the unique texture that the woodcut print provides. I now have a greater appreciation for the attention to detail an artist must have in order to create the woodcut. I also appreciate that the artist, Karl- Heinz Hansen- Bahia, used the art to pay homage to the 500th anniversary of the birth of Albrecht Durer, the German Renaissance master, being that he is a German artist himself. It shows a clear appreciation of his culture.
Design of the Museum
I found this exhibit, the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing, particularly beautiful as the design of the wing deeply emphasized the beauty of the art within it. As soon as I walked in, I was impressed with the beautiful landscape containing a zen- garden atmosphere complete with a waterfall and bamboo. Being that the exhibit hosts Asian art, I feel that the scenery added to the arts meaning and made the art seem more at home.
Art and Core Values
As I was raised surrounded by strong and inspiring women, female empowerment and equality has always been a central value in my life. This section of art called Guerrilla Girls emphasized issues of gender inequality in the art world and beyond. The picture above shows how female artists struggle to get into major museums yet nude portraits of women are seen in excess. Another piece pointed out how "Women in America earn only 2/3 what men do. Women artists earn only 1/3 of what men artists do." This artwork made me hopeful for positive change moving forward as drawing attention to a problem is the first step towards change. I really appreciate that Guerrilla Girls are bringing attention to such an important subject and hope that it aids in progressive change.
Art and the Good Life
This artwork portrayed a sculpture of seated Buddha. As a religious symbol, Buddha evokes the theme of philosophy and religion in the good life. These themes are deeply important to many in seeking the good life as they guide the individual towards self- improvement, enlightenment, and living life to the best of one's abilities. Buddha represents the end goal of enlightenment and serves as an inspiration point . This sculpture reminded me of Siddhartha and his life long mission of seeking enlightenment and how this reflects every individuals journey towards true happiness and the good life in accordance to their personal beliefs.