Sweeney, Connor. "Me with Cundo Bermúdez's Cuarteto Habanero." 2017. JPEG file.
MEDIUM OF THE ART / TECHNIQUE OF THE ARTIST
The Asian art wing, which appeared to prioritize ceramics and sculptures over paintings, was remarkably spacious, and let in plenty of sunlight. It stood in stark contrast to the Frida Kahlo and the African art exhibits, which were less open and had much less natural sunlight entering. I found it particularly appealing because, to me, it showed the effort that the curators and architects put into separating the exhibits by global region. Asia is significantly larger than North/South America or Africa, which was reflected in how the Asian art exhibit was more spacious than the Frida Kahlo (whose photographs and paintings, in my opinion, represent both Mexico and South America quite well) and African exhibits. The art in the Asia wing was also spaced out more, helping convey the sense of openness in the room even further. The spaciousness of the Asia wing made me feel less significant because I was one person seeing on a literally large scale the legacy of Asian ceramics and sculpting.
ART AND CORE VALUES
Sweeney, Connor. "Me with Herman Herzog's Landscape with Three Dear." 2017. JPEG file.
Nature is a core value of mine. I believe that we need to be able to appreciate and protect the natural beauty that surrounds us. The visual representation of nature that Herzog conveys, a simplistic yet vibrant landscape that manages to capture the notion that nature can be isolating but also unites us with the three deer, allows me to understand and appreciate the idea that we can feel alone out in nature but at the same time we can be one with the life around us. The artwork instills tranquility into me; the colors are vivid yet soothing, and deer are a symbol of quietness to me. It shows to me exactly why I cherish nature: it provides an peaceful escape from my hectic daily life and has unparalleled beauty.