Harn Museum of Art Using Art to find the good life

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist: Yayoi Kusama, in her Nets-Infinity (TWOS), utilized a unique repetitive pattern of circular shapes to convey a powerful message about the rhythms of time and space. I found this painting interesting, as it contained such minimalist qualities, yet spoke great volumes on humankind, nature, and the very essence of being. To me, this work communicated that life can be broken into small pieces, and the patterns we make from those pieces - the lessons we learn from our past experiences - can both help us to realize what is important in our lives, and show us how to use those lessons to learn and make a better future for ourselves. This picture was taken by Meital Abraham.

Design of the Museum

Design of the Museum: I found this exhibit of the museum to stand out from the rest due to its use of lights and mirrors. This exhibit projected video onto one wall and placed a large mirror on the opposing wall, so that when walking between the two, the observer appears to be a part of the exhibit, rather than merely looking at it. I enjoyed the concept of this section, because it encourages viewers to become involved in the art, instead of taking a passive role. This picture was taken by me, Zach Weisblatt.

Art and Core Values

Art and Core Values: One artwork that appealed to my core values was Tokyo Street with Pachinko Parlor II by Yvonne Jacquette. The painting shows a darkened Tokyo street, illuminated only by a Japanese arcade, or Pachinko Parlor. I find this piece to illustrate the contrast between work and pleasure, using dark, monotone colors on the traffic and bustling street, whereas the arcade is brightly lit and composed of warm, neon, colors. I personally struggle with this balance in my life - trying to find the equilibrium of work and fun - and this painting spoke to me as a reminder that it's possible to have both a strong work ethic and times for relaxation, and the importance of having a healthy balance of the two. This picture was taken by Hunter Wolff.

Art and the Good Life

Art and the Good Life: This artwork, Tintorera del mar, Plenas Portfolio by Lorenzo Homar beautifully combines written music and lyrics with illustration to fully encapsulate and convey a story. This narrative about a shark swallowing a lawyer symbolizes the social issues of Guánica, a small Pueto Rico town, and its powerful sugar-mill owners. With this mixed-media approach, the theme of social injustice is driven home for the observer, as I personally could sense Homar's passion in his art, and almost hear the song being performed. This picture was taken by me, Zach Weisblatt.

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