Harn Museum By: Briana Klein

Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist

There is such a difference between seeing a picture of artwork versus seeing it in person. When seeing Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters in person, the viewer is able to sense the energy tied to the work. This can be felt through the position that the Goddess is in and the sheer size of her. I was also able to better understand the work because I had the opportunity of viewing it from all different angles, which is something that usually can’t be done through a website or picture in a book. Seeing it in person allowed me to appreciate the intricate detail that was present in the Goddesses' skirt. Each fold or scrunch that existed in the work created a sense of reality that made it seem like the Goddess was alive. The contrast between the gold and white colors used was so striking to me because it allowed certain areas of the artwork to be emphasized. The white is so pure, but the gold creates a sense of majesty that radiates around the artwork. This piece made me feel empowered and strong through the tranquil but tough aura of the artwork.

Design of the Musem

The picture shown above was taken in my favorite wing of the museum. This is because it contained such a wide variety of art forms which were all arranged in different ways that best suited the art itself. As you can see, there are pictures on the wall, circular objects on a table, and a statue on a pedestal. The way they designed this exhibit captivates the viewer in a way that draws their attention in different ways which keeps them interested and searching for more. In addition, parts of the exhibit were separated by walls to group similar styles of artwork together. The lighting contributed to the experience by highlighting the specific areas where the art was placed. The design of the exhibit made me feel engaged and entranced.

Art and Core Values

The artwork displayed in the picture above appealed to my core value of equality. Many of the pieces demonstrate the overwhelming presence of men in the art world. One of the artworks talks about how there are very few women who have their own exhibitions, and another states that out of 71 artists displayed in a certain museum, only 4 were women. Gender inequality is a situation that is very prevalent in modern day life, not just art. The visual representation of the artist allows me to better understand the importance of this core value through their use of the bold, uppercase, and capital letters present in almost all of the pieces of artwork. The fact that the artist makes the words so apparent to the viewer demonstrates that they feel strongly about the inequality of gender representation in the art world, just like I do about gender inequality in general. The emotion that these pieces of artwork instills in me is hope, because I believe there is a lot of work that needs to be done to society, but with every artist that brings this issue to light, we are one step closer to a more equal society.

Art and the Good Life

After looking at Tokyo Street with Pachinko Parlor II, I immediately thought about the theme of sharing the Good Life. This artwork evokes this theme by showing the various ways people share their good lives by creating relationships and spending time together. The ways that are represented in the artwork include going places together by car, bus, or walking, or attending what looks to be a theatre or mall. Although many of these things can be done alone, most people choose to share the experience with others because it is usually much more enjoyable. If most people could create their ideal good life alone, perhaps this painting would show many more people walking alone or riding on one-person forms of transportation such as bikes or scooters. This piece of artwork adds to my understanding of the theme “sharing the good life” by demonstrating the necessity of creating relationships with others.

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