At the Harn Eila Espada

Introduction

Kyra Ozment and Eila Espada

I was more excited about going to the Harn Museum of Art over the other common activities. I have always been a little jealous of the people who can express themselves through art and have the ability to create a masterpiece. I believe that art is something everyone can relate to. Not everyone has the ability to create pieces of "art", but we can all interpret art in whatever way we see fit. Even though the Harn cannot even hold a candle to the renowned Louvre, it is a special part of Gainesville and the University of Florida. The arts are just as important as our athletics.

Technique of the Artist

This painting caught my eye, I have always been a little jealous of people who are able to create masterpieces with their bare hands. This artist, Francis Criss paints Oil on the canvas. The farthest I got in art class was watercolor painting. This particular painting caught my eye because I know oil can be pretty difficult to paint with. Oil is denser and interacts with the paintbrush differently than normal paint would. Criss painted a landmark in New York City. I have visited New York City and I believe Criss forgot an essential part to this painting. There are no people in the painting. If I can remember correctly, New York City is known as one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States.

Francis Criss, Jefferson Market Courthouse
Eila Espada with Jefferson Market Courthouse painted by Francis Criss

Design of the Museum

Frida is here

The wing that I found particularly appealing was the portraits of Frida Kahlo. I think her artwork is kind of eccentric and beautiful at the same time. She depicts a lot of hardships in her artwork. Sadly, her artwork is not currently in the Harn. I feel Frida Kahlo paved the way for other Latina artists with career. In my eyes she was monumental. She persevered through the obstacles that were in her life. The lighting helps viewers focus on the portraits presented in the section. Walking in there is a portrait of Frida that takes majority of a wall. I think the curators really wanted the visitors to know, this wing right here, is about Frida Kahlo. And I am completely cool with that.

Entryway to the Small wing of Frida Kahlo
Picture on the left was taken by Bernard Silberstein. Other picture was taken by Lola A`lvarez Bravo.

Art and Core Values

One of my major core values is Honoring Family. I connected instantly to the exhibit, Spotlight: Latin America. Particularly to a Puerto Rican Artist. I see this core value in the artwork because I believe the artist is honoring his family through his artwork. Before Puerto Rico was producing a lot of agriculture produce you can still see farms, but not as mush as there were thirty years ago. The paintings depict scenes about the production of coffee on a farm. If there is one thing Puerto Ricans know how to do, that is coffee. I chose this particular artist over the other Hispanic because we are from the same island. I hope one day that I can have my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, or basically my whole family, say that they are proud of everything I have accomplished. I think now more than before this value has been popping in my mind lately. College is the place where you are supposed to find yourself, but I feel like I might be getting more confused. I hope by the end of my journey in Gainesville I will no longer be lost, but have found my place by “honoring my family”.

Eila Espada near the description of the wing, Spotlight: Latin America.
From left to right, Plate: 7,2,3, and 6 of Coffee Portfolio Lent courtesy of He`ctor Pui`g in the Harn

Art and the Good Life

The Good Life theme that I found conveyed in the artwork was Fighting for the Good Life. I am going to assume that the fighting is not meant to be fistfight of some sorts. "A picture is a worth a thousand words". Many artists know this to be true and there is no better way to express your beliefs and/or opinions than through art. I felt somewhat moved by this fascinating collection. Especially with all the news about women's rights and feminism lately. My immediate reaction was "What in the world is this?" followed by "Wow, that is actually really clever". The artist did a play on words. Is it meant to be Gorilla or Guerrilla? That is for the viewer to decide. Guerrilla warfare was known to be introduced in World War I, to surprise the opposing side. I am going to guess that not many people were expecting something like this to be created, I sure was not. In the art it is easy to see the literal Gorilla heads.

All works from the Portfolio of prints by the Guerrilla Girls are Museum Purchases, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Endowment.
Photos of prints by the Guerrilla Girls from INTRA-ACTION Women from the Harn Museum

Hope you enjoyed my Spark Story.

Kyra Ozment and Eila Espada
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Credits:

All of the photos wear taken near or in the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, FL. Kyra Ozment has granted permission for her to be photographed and published in this Spark Story. All of the artwork was found in the Harn Museum of Art. Artists are acknowledged near their pieces in this Spark Story.

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