Day at the Harn Alexandra St germain

American Abstraction artwork

Medium of the art/Technique of the artist:

The piece of art that immediately caught my eye when I first walked into the Harn was the large piece on the wall by the name of “American Abstraction”. This art was a three-dimensional figure that was completely abstract, meaning it was left to the viewer to interpret the piece in their own way. Seeing this piece in person allowed me to better see the way light was strategically placed around it to accentuate different shadows and highlights. What I found to be most amazing about it was the fact that it seemed to be made of different materials all composed into one. I obviously did not get to touch the artwork, and it was very heavily painted so it was hard to see, but from what I could distinguish, it was made of a metallic type substance. To me, it showed how a busy world and a busy life could actually be quite beautiful when you take a step back and look at it as a whole. It made me feel confused at first, but then relaxed to know that whatever I interpret ends up being my choice anyway.

Spark wouldn't let me properly show my selfie, but this is the Latin America wing of the museum.

Design of the museum:

One wing of the museum was the Latin American area. I enjoyed that exhibit mostly because I am closely in touch with my Bolivian culture (my mom is from La Paz, Bolivia) but also because a lot of the artwork was similar to the Inca and Aztec-y things that I saw for myself when I visited the country a couple of years ago. The exhibit made me feel proud of my culture. It was special and unique enough to make it to a museum where people took their precious Sundays off to make a trip to come see it.

Nick and I in the garden

Art and core values:

I don’t know if this necessarily counts as one of the exhibits, but the garden that was outside on the side of the museum pretty accurately defined two of my biggest core values: peace and love. This garden helped me to better understand these values in the sense that everything was so quiet, and Nick, my boyfriend of two years, was with me. The peace of the garden allowed us to better appreciate each other’s company and to sit and listen to simply the waterfall falling down. This garden made me really happy. It helped me feel a little more distant to all the other worries and troubles that awaited me the second I left. This small amount of time away from the real world helps me learn how to cherish the time that I have to myself, and the time I have with Nick (before he goes back home, 4 hours away).


Art and the Good Life:

I found a piece of coral reef inside of a display case. It was slightly confusing at first, because almost all of us have seen coral before. It didn’t seem that special. But the more I looked at it (and made a big deal about how silly it was) the more I began to realize how beautiful it really was. It was super white and perfect in the sense that it looked untouched and unharmed. The theme that I associate this with is simplicity. This piece of art, by Chieko Katsumata, is actually so skillful because of the fact that he needed to make a piece of stoneware look as perfect as nature really does in real life. The simplicity of nature is taken for granted, and it is remarkable thing that a man could replicate it so accurately.

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