Medium/ Technique: American Abstraction: Zandvoort by Frank Stella - This peace is arguably one of the most intricate and fascinating pieces of art in the museum; perhaps one of the reasons it is located at the very front of the museum exhibit, it is likely the first piece one sees upon walking into the exhibit. This piece American Abstraction perfectly epitomizes the idea of medium and technique used on a piece as it encompasses numerous varying shapes and textures all mounted upon act other in varying styles in a "collage". The artist used so many different burst of color, theres pink, green, blue, yellow, the color spectrum seems never ending! This helps to capsulate the fun, colorful intricacy within the exciting piece. The textures of the materials used to create such a piece deviate immensely as some are visibly smooth and metallic-like, whereas other elements seems significantly more rough and jagged. Stella contrasted geometric shapes with blank space and curls and jags all to create a diverse, beautiful, insane, crazy, fun piece named after a racer circuit; which happens to be the muse for the pieces layout and design. The wood mixed with titanium helps to accentuate the way deviating media make all the difference when relaying not only a familiar object or stay, but in developing unique, irreplaceable work.
Design of the Museum: At first, my friend and I were confused as to why this category "Design of the Museum" was included for the project. We figured, "its a museum, what could be so special about its structure and design?" However, as we began to meander through the exhibits and the connections from one to another, we quickly realized that the setup and layout of the Harn was not only fascinating, but vital to the fluidity and overall artistic experience in attending the museum! One begins his or her journey walking up to a piece called "American Abstraction", which immediately flows to an exhibit focusing primarily on American art history of numerous forms. A great aspect of this section focuses on Native American history an lifestyle in artwork. Then suddenly before you even have time to change rooms, you find yourself face to face with work from Latin America! Culture represents a major aspect of artistic analysis as it is clear that art deviates between cultures around the world to extent that unifies while additionally driving an ingenious noticeable separation between the different cultures. Seeing asian work sectioned away from european helps one fully feel the passion and technique within that future before completely bewildering themselves with the essences of the next, yet the close proximity mimicking our Globe, helps to show how just like us as humans on one planet, we all find ourselves united through the expression of art and our unfaltering chase for the Good Life regardless of medium, technique, color choice, lifestyle choice, etc. humans can all find common ground in the beauty of artistic bold endeavor.
Art and Core Values: Women Before a Mirror by Friedrich Capelari- This piece was particularly stunning and intriguing to me for multiple reasons regarding artistic and core values. A primary reason this piece spoke to me per se, was because it was a intricate yet simultaneously simple work done by a European (Austrian) artist of a young Japanese woman. I am half Japanese and half "European", so it is always fascinating to me to indulge and learn about the Japanese culture from my mom's side of the family, and this piece ultimately blended my two deviating cultures together. I feel that culture can speak to an immense degree of one's identity and core values. Since I live in America, a place that is far more closely related to Europe and my German, English, Scottish, etc. decent than my Japanese side, seeing this piece was extremely fun for me, because it reflects a side of me I truly love to explore. This picture appeared very simple and easy to interpret, because at first glance it really doesn't look like there is that much to it. At the museum, I learned that It is typical in Japanese art for artists to sketch beautiful young women looking into a mirror. However, this piece easily stands out from the rest as the woman in the photo is clearly looking over her shoulder at the onlooker rather in the mirror. This simple gesture suggests that she is very insecure, and in gazing into the mirror feels self conscious knowing someone is watching her. In this conveyed message, the artist captured a very realistic and relatable internal expression of humanity, especially teenage girls like myself. This piece spoke to core values as, even though it can be deciphered and interpreted numerous different ways, it seems to reflect the core value of confidence and self-worth.
Art and the Good Life: The Good Life can mean so many different things as it encompasses seemingly innumerable deviating aspects of societal influence. Art represents a vital essence of The Good Life, and the Harn Museum does an incredible job of depicting the universal appeal art holds in one's achievement of the Good Life. Few, if any human could walk through the museum without having some sort of feeling that affects his or her life. Just like the Good Life, everyone interprets art differently. Some may see a painting and feel containment, whereas another individual could look at it and suddenly feel very sad. Like music, friendship, and love, art helps to embody the good life through its remarkable vitality an prominence in every day life. Anything and everything can theoretically be considered art, and in achieving the Good Life one must learn to appreciate everything in its utter form, they must process the artistic panache relayed through everyday life, and learn to express themselves through means that share their ideals and values, in parallel to the way art arguably does the same through its irreplaceable beauty, grace, elegance, and uniqueness.
All pictures were taken by Sierra Krug at the Harn Museum of Art.