Tour of The Harn Joshua Hew

My spark story of my time at the Harn:

Technique and Medium

"True self is without form"

This piece is an example of art that is much better to see in person because it was cool to see all the dimensions of this very fluid sculpture which is pretty hard to accomplish. Since I was in a ceramics class in highs school, I can appreciate the craftsmanship of molding such an abstract and flowing form form clay/stoneware. To be honest, it didn't make me feel so much as it made me imagine the process of smoothing out the clay and trying to get the shape right. As in, I could picture myself making this and what I would have to do to form the shape and motion which is cool. It did manage to communicate a sense of zen, and relaxation from the form of the sculpture because I imagine that only a calm artist could work a couple of hours with a zen mindset to create a piece like this.

Museum Design

The section of the museum I appreciated the most for the design was the sculpture room. It was a room with an assortment of different types of sculptures scattered around. The thing that stood the most to me was the smell of the room because it smelled like ceramics which gave me a bit of nostalgia. Whether this was intentional design or just a byproduct of having so many ceramics in the same room, it was still an aspect of design that I liked.

The lighting also contributed to a reflective mood because it was slightly dim with a hazy yellow to really accentuate the different pieces of ceramic and kind of draw you into the artwork.

"Mood Lighting 10/10"

Art and Core values

This one was a little tricky to be honest. I wasn't exactly sure how to approach the whole "art reflecting values" thing, so I kind of walked around until I saw this:

Yup, ain't it a beauty!? When I first saw it, I was initially a little weirded out by it, but it turns out, that was kind of the point. Apparently, the artist who made this takes pride in evoking all sorts of feelings from his audiences, which in this case is surprise/ horror. He says that making people feel all sorts of ways is the philosophy behind his art. It was a strange approach but I found it kind of relatable because one of the things I appreciate a lot about everyday life is whenever I get to interact with people and share some interesting experiences, mostly funny ones. Something I believe in pretty strongly is that a little surprise and intrigue can make anyone's day just that much better.

Art and the Good Life

For some reason, this piece out of all of the art in the museum is what made me think the most about the good life. It reminded me of how we busy we are each day and how strange that can seem from a bird's eye view.

We are all just kind of on the way to our next task, and it makes us kind of look like a hive of ants or bees that just work all day. It kind of acts as a reminder to take a second and enjoy something instead of worrying about what's due tomorrow. It most closely relates to the the theme of Sharing and Celebrating for the reasons I mentioned. More specifically, it kind of connects to the Sabbath article about taking the time to invest in our self and relax instead of going about our daily business.

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