Tour of the Harn By thomas Sherlock

Introduction

In this Spark Story I will be taking you on a journey of my trip to the Harn Museum of Art. Through incredible works of art and architecture, the Harn has taught me many valuable lessons about the Good Life, and has given me a greater understanding of our cultural world.

Painting by Ross Bleckner, The Harn Museum of Art. Personal photograph by cell Sherlock 11 February 2017

The Artistic Medium

To fully appreciate a work of art one must view it for their very own eyes in order to capture the detail and essence of what the artist was trying to convey. This is a piece by Ross Bleckner and is a form of optical illusion illustrating the stroboscopic effect of light passing through a row of trees. Getting to see the painting close up gave me a greater appreciation of the effort the artist put into making this piece, as I could see every brushstroke in fine detail. The most striking part of this piece is how there seems to be so much order, with the incredibly straight lines, but at the same time a lot of disorder in how the vertical lines end in such abrupt and random ways. This painting and how it illustrates physical principles of nature reminds me of just how much humanity has to learn about our universe, and made me feel quite curious to about the secrets hidden within our world.

Design of the Museum

Asian Art Wing, the Harn Museum of Art. Personal photograph by cell Sherlock 11 February 2017

Here is a picture of me standing in front the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing. I find the design of the wing quite appealing in that, instead of being made with industrial man-made materials such as plaster and concrete, this wing is covered in a fine natural wood. The exquisite lighting from above highlights the intricate patterns of the wood grain, and in a sense brings me closer with nature. Additionally, the great big entryways give a hint of grandness as you enter an exhibit displaying works of art from all throughout Asia. In this wing, each piece of art is displayed on its own pedestal, symbolizing each piece's uniqueness and originality. The exhibit makes me feel as though I am in a whole new museum, one which has a greater appreciation in a natural sense, and brings together works from a wide variety of cultures.

Art and Core Values

Coffee Portfolio, the Harn Museum of Art. Personal photograph by cell Sherlock 11 February 2017

For the art and core values section I chose not one work of art but a series of interrelated pictures that capture my core values. This set of pictures is called "Coffee Portfolio" and depicts various aspects of coffee production in Puerto Rico. These images appeal to my core value of a hard work ethic. Puerto Rico is renowned for its fantastic coffee and seeing illustrations of the process in action lets me reflect on just how hard these people work, through very tough conditions, and allow us to experience such a wonderful delight. "Coffee Portfolio" lets me reflect on how a strong and passionate work ethic can lead to brilliant outcomes. Seeing these works of art instills a feeling of motivation to never stop until you have done your absolute best, and has given me a greater understanding of what it means to have a strong work ethic.

Art and the Good Life

A Thanksgiving Prayer to the Mixe God Kioga in gratitude for the good harvest, the Harn Museum of Art. Personal photograph by cell Sherlock 11 February 2017

This work of art is called "A thanksgiving prayer to the Mixe god Kioga in gratitude for the good harvest." I chose this piece as it displays the theme of embodying the good life. The people displayed in the picture are of indigenous Mexican descent and have been subject to numerous social injustices, but they find a path to the good life by virtue of religion and tradition. The religion these people are apart of is called the Mixe Religion, and is a mix of Roman Catholicism and ancient Meso-American beliefs. Even though European colonialism has greatly impacted their lives, these indigenous peoples have found a way to mix their old beliefs with ones more common among the rest of the world, ultimately creating a form of the good life which embodies ancient ideologies, whilst still holding true to the core values indigenous peoples have been subject to since long ago. This work of art has given me a better understanding of what is means to embody the good life, and embrace new changes in a positive outlook.

Credits:

All photos taken by Tom Sherlock.

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