Good Life Tour of the Harn Muesum By Johnny Li

Note: All images were taken at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist

Flack, Audrey. "Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters". 1988, polychrome and gilded plaster, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville.

The Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters, created by Audrey Flack in 1988, is a sculpture made out of polychrome and gilded plaster. Seeing the sculpture in person granted me the chance to view the details of the piece close up and at various angles. Most images of the art only grant the front image since it is the main attraction, however, I had the chance to see the art from different perspectives rather than the single image provided. During this moment I came to full realization of two themes discussed in the Good Life, Circling the Town Square and the Danger of a Single Story. Photos and clips only present a single perspective of the art and ignores the rest of its detail, blinding me the piece’s actual meaning and imposing a predefined view while having the chance to view the art at various positions it becomes clear that the piece holds more meaning than simply women’s beauty but rather also celebrate women's strength and power. I found the color of the piece to be striking where the medium of the work wasn’t made with traditional materials but rather materials that allowed a natural holy color to shine on the piece, giving it the image of a divine goddess. Looking at this piece and coming to this realization I felt in awe of the art and respect for the artist.

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Design of the Museum

Bleckner, Ross. "Gate #2". 1986, oil on canvas, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville.

When entering the gallery, the first exhibition introduced was the abstract exhibit which I find this design quite brilliant. Most people, especially for students going to meet the Good Life require, come into the museum with a preset idea of the exhibits being old paintings hanging on the walls and having an overall boring experience. However, when someone sees the abstract exhibit they are introduced with something unique and unlike traditional art thus shifting the initial mindset from a boring requirement to interested sightseeing. By arranging the arts to include the unique pieces, such as Gate #2, first I became fascinated by the initial works and was excited to see more of the museum.

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Art and Core Values

Kroll, Leon. "St. Jean's Bay". 1926, oil on canvas, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville.

An appealing art to my core value is the painting St. Jean’s Bay, created by Kroll in 1926. The painting reminds me of my core value of personal growth, for my personal growth encompasses many aspects of daily life. As seen in the painting, socializing with friends, families, or loved ones in the open nature encourages personal development as I believe that having personal time for oneself and being in touch with nature is what foster one’s growth spiritually and mentally. Upon viewing the painting, I feel at ease as this remind me of how I often go outside for walks to clear my mind. The painting makes me think that I would enjoy living in a similar place which would allow me to learn how to better myself.

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Art and the Good Life

"Dancing Ganesh". 13th Century, black stone, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville.

Dancing Ganesh conveys the ideals of celebrating the Good Life as often a symbol of new beginnings, the statue conveys an appearance of happiness and overall celebrating the joys in life with a universal understanding. Take a glimpse of the statue and without regards to culture, a person tells that it seeks to celebrate life and be content with one’s self. This piece of art enhances my understanding of the theme as it shows just one of the many ways that celebrating the Good Life can be taken.

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Me about to enter the Galleries

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