The Harn Henry Dorking

Medium of the Art

The sculpture I saw was made out of crushed aluminum car bodies which was later spray painted with standard automotive industry colors. For me, it resonated with the deteriorating condition of America's Rust belt with cities such as Chicago and Detroit. These were once in busting with commerce and innovation, prosperous manufacturing centers who, like the cars in this sculpture, brought a lot of joy to those that benefited from them. Overtime the cities fell victim to automation and foreign competition and as a result, people found no use for them. Now, they sit as a tribute to what they once were. The medium of the car body helped to better convey this message.

Design of the Museum

The Asian art wing was an area that I was quite fascinated with. Not by all of the work in contained, but by the vast openness of the exhibit itself. It allowed me to wander about very easily. Other exhibits might feel as if you are on rails, having little choice in what pieces you see in what order. This exhibit allowed to total free movement with its openness. Also, the strikeness of the large phallic shaped art in the center offers an opportunity for contemplation. I love to day dream so this exhibit really allowed me to feel at home with my thoughts as I wandered around.

Art and Core Values

Individuality is one of my core values as I believe it is fundamental to our ability to contribute towards society while keeping it diverse. Each of the eggs has a different internal structure: one is hair, the second is rocks and the third is unknown. Even though the cores are different, we still all call them the same name: egg. The uniqueness of one compliments the other two. We can all utilize our internal differences to strengthen our cooperation towards a common goal. In the eggs case, it serves to aid in its beauty. In our case, the betterment of society is hopefully everyone's goal.

Art and the Good Life

This painting is of an Arabian woman with an Arabian rug painted on her chest. It tries to tackle the notion of the association with the materialistic values of other cultures rather than the individuals themselves. In the Good Life, we seek to broaden our understanding of the world and those that see it differently from us. In doing so, we must look past the associations one has with factors they cannot help such as social-economic status they are born into or the culture associated with one's skin. We can not help those factors and a person oftentimes doesn't not want to be associated with what they cannot alter . We strive be in control of who we are and thus we like to associate ourselves with the achievements we have obtained. So if we start looking beyond our superficial prejudices, it will end up helping us all feel better about ourselves.

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