My Good Life Tour of the Harn By Conor Searle

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist

This piece of artwork looks very simple at first glance. That's certainly what was going through my mind when I set eyes on it for the first time. But as I walked up to it and stared at it for a good long minute, I realized that the pattern is so simple yet so complex and that's what made it seem so brilliant in my eyes. I have no idea what the artist was trying to portray but that is what made it so fascinating to me. It made me appreciate that art can be anything we create, and is open to many different areas of interpretation. Attempting to find the inspiration for the artist may never happen, but there's no harm in assuming.

Design of the Museum

When entering into the Harn Museum, there is only one way to go for about two rooms full of art. Then comes a point where there are multiple paths that can be taken and it is up to the discretion of the visitor to decide where to go. I believe that the main idea behind its construction is flow. Its structure also made me think about life. Through our youth and adolescence we are sheltered and guided by the ones who love us (beginning of the museum), but when the time comes we are eventually given more freedom to experience what life has in store for us (multiple paths and multiple rooms). The museum itself is a beautiful piece of art, in this particular wing the use of natural light and the beautiful garden outside contributes to the general comfortable and open feel of the museum made it a very enjoyable experience for me. I didn't feel hurried, and at one point I forgot that I was here for an assignment.

Art and Core Values

This particular piece of art which I interpreted as depicting slavery triggered my core values of hate and sorrow. Slavery is something that I believe as a human race we should be very, very, ashamed of. Whilst observing this painting sorrow overcame me as I began to think about the injustice African Americans endured just because they looked a certain way. I am a big believer in the ideology of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he preached to "judge a man by his character and not the color of his skin." Hate overcame me as well as I began to realize that though slavery is illegal in this part of the world, it, along with racism is still very prominent in the world today. I have no tolerance when I hear racist jokes being made by friends and what I see in the media today. This piece of art made me realize that I need to be a part of the solution for there to be any progress. This painting helped me remember that I find myself to be quite passionate about justice for all.

Art and the Goodlife

The injustice in this particular piece is pretty self-explanatory by simply just looking at it. Like the piece of art work that related to my core values on the previous page, this print cleverly portrays injustice, more specifically, gender inequality. It relates to what I want to protect as well as whom I want to help. As I said before, I am a big believer in equality and justice for all. In this particular case, the issue highlighted by the art work is that women are not respected as much as men are and it reflects in their pay. It made me think that me, being an average caucasian male, basically automatically puts me at "the top" of the invisible but definitely existent social hierarchy. I disagree with that wholeheartedly because I am very well aware of countless women and men of all sorts of races have accomplished more than I ever will. Pay should be reflected on performance, not what gender you happen to be.

Credits:

I am the photographer of all these photos except the ones that include me in them. Those were taken by a fellow classmate.

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