Introduction: Being a student of science, the idea of the art seems very useless to me. However, after visiting the museum, I have realized the many opportunities of understanding that art offers, whether it is understanding about ourselves or the world. I have come to realize the role that art plays in society, and specifically in reference to this class, how it plays a role in attaining the "good life."
Opie, Catherine - "Untitled #11 (Wall Street)". 2001. Black and white IRIS print on paper, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL. By Suma Gangidi. "Contemplating the ways of life." 2017. JPEG
Technique of the Artist: One does not appreciate the depth of a photograph until they have seen it in person. Catherine Opie played with depth in order to create this image of a divided yet powerful street to emphasize where the power of the American Heart lies - among institutions of wealth and society. Seeing it through this second hand photograph does no justice to the three dimensional nature of the work to help understand it's true complexity. However, seeing this image in person did more than convey a social standard, it conveyed a psychological standard. The two streets evoked a sense of a divide and a sense of contradiction which pointed to this idea of choice. We have to choose which side to look at, which path to take. Both paths seem similar however we notice some major differences, like the fact that one path is more curved, and one is more straightforward. We have no idea as to where these paths will take us, however. All of these ideas reflect the choices we have to make in life in general, and the hazy background represents the uncertainty of each path. While seeing this work in person evoked a sense of conflict, seeing the second hand image didn't, it just presents a mundane image of the city.
Flack, Audrey - "Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters". 1988. Polychrome and gilded plaster, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL. By Suma Gangidi. "Recieving blessings." 2017. JPEG
Design of the Museum: Walking through the doors of the Harn, this is the first art piece that is seen, standing tall and powerful in the middle of the floor. It is apart from any sculpture only to be surrounded by other, more humble works of art. The sculpture is placed under the well lit windows of the Harn, giving a rise to light and in essence divinity to the work. It's eye catching, exuberant, powerful, and graceful, the second one sees it, the second they are expound by the divine light that is this sculpture. The goddess is offering us a rose, potentially, a symbol of social justice, that it seems to be our jobs as human beings to receive it with kindness. Not only is this sculpture divine, but it invokes a sense of feminism within the work. Being a woman, the goddess is not afraid to be free and let her bosoms out in a repressive society. She reigns above all in a striking pose, with her wings helping her rise above the social restrictions placed by man kind. She makes us think "Oh what a woman could do" and gives hope to me as a female. Her rose in this interpretation could be the symbol of justice that she is trying to give to mankind.
"Dancing Ganesh". 13th Century. Black Stone. India.
Art and Core Values: A rock sculpture of an elephant tucked away in a little corner of the "Asian" exhibit may not seem like much to the regular passerby. However, in me, this sculpture promotes a sense of religion, hope, prosperity, nostalgia, and most importantly speaks to my cultural values growing up. The big jolly elephant is a symbol of prosperity, of celebration, which brings back memories of colorful flowers, jaunty dances, and tasty foods. While the sculpture in this picture looks plain, in my mind it is adorned with colorful powders and garlands of flowers, While there right now, this statue only seems to have one follower, in my mind, he has millions surrounding him, and singing songs to him. This mundane rock carving lives a paradoxical existence. Despite not being a true follower of the religion, the values of divinity are still instilled in me here. This sculpture helps me appreciate my culture, despite straying aways from the religion itself. It teaches me about the power of hope despite my disbeliefs and misgiving. Overall, this sculpture has a powerful impact on instilling divinity in me, even when I am not completely accepting of it.
Kohne, Linda. "Cama Alta (Tall Bed). 2003, Oil on canvas, Harn Museum, Gainesville, FL. By Suma Gangidi . "Performance Art." 2017. JPEG.
Art and the Good Life: This picture provokes within me a feeling of bliss, of relaxation, of good health and security. A good life theme that is very relevant to this picture is Security. Sleep is something that is predominantly lacking among the college student population due to their trial to pursue success within their education which would eventually lead to a higher income, greater respect, and basically the good life, in the mind of a college student. Seeing a bed, a symbol of this rest, provides relaxation to my soul. The rest is needed, and seen as a sign of success. One only sleeps well after their tasks are completed, and the day has ended. This bed, and the sleep that comes with it presents a seizure of the day, and sleep, shows the conquering of the night, and the conquering of tiredness. The bed is a location of security for many, it is a place that relaxes the soul and that protects one's health. It is a place apart from education, from family, from people, and from problems. It is warm and comforting. Despite being such a mundane painting, the artwork conveys a deeper analysis of sleep and the symbol that the bed serves to show.