Medium of the art
One piece of art I saw at the Harn where the medium of the art truly mattered was in Francis Kodow Coker's piece "'Chinese' Style Fancy Dress Costume". The important aspects of this art were most defiantly the color and texture one saw when looking at the it. Cotton and nylon were the main materials that were used, and such materials are best seen up close. Without being there, I would not have seen the delicate and soft nature of the cotton which contributed to the idea that this piece is a representation of something once worn. It is difficult to see in a picture the delicateness of the cotton used, how it dips from the wire frame waiting on a small breeze to nudge it out of place. Another aspect of this art that made seeing it in its original medium important is the color. The imperfections in the shades contribute again to the idea that this would have been a hand crafted outfit by Brazilian Immigrants. The way at which the light sources play a role in changing those shades mirror how a candle back in the 1920's would have illuminated the costume to all those around. I personally thought the mask was a striking medium for the piece, as it made the whole costume seem real, as if there was someone always inside. The imperfections in the mask could have been the imperfections in any face, as the mask's purpose is to hide those inside. The art as a whole communicated the festive nature of carnivals in Ghana at the time.
"'Chinese' Style Fancy Dress Costume" by Francis Kodow Coker
Design of the museum
The design of the museum is best represented by the work: "A Heave to Unfold" by Yuki Nakaigawa. This art looks like the spinal section of some huge beast, but is left on the floor as part of the presentation. The most striking aspect of the art is the way that the light from the many large windows in the background strike the many curves and crevices of the artwork. The color palette of the art ranges from syrup shades of brown to other, darker shades of brown in the shadows. The stained wood floors also provide a range of browns to compare the art too. One aspect of the museum design for this piece that I hadn't even considered while viewing is that the angle of the sun changes the colors and shades of the art depending on the time of day one views it. Somebody viewing in the morning gets a different light source as somebody who views it in the afternoon. The background garden area also plays a role in the art, as it helps remind one of the outdoor conditions a piece like this was most likely inspired by. The exhibit made me feel calm. I could picture myself sitting on the art itself and enjoying the garden through the window, if that were allowed of course.
"A Heave to Unfold" - Yuki Nakaigawa
Art and core values
A sculpture that I found perfectly represents how art appeals to my core values. The piece is called "Family" and is by Agustin Cardenas. The sculpture depicts two larger abstract human beings with a smaller human in their lap. This art accurately represents the importance of family to me. The smaller child is being sheltered and protected by the two larger parents. The art also reflects my views of family in its simplicity. Family is a simple concept to me, and the dearth of stunning details in favor of smooth and simple lines parallels this Leif quite nicely. This art helps me understand family better because it has all three parts of family as one continuous unit. The dad, mom, and child are not separated, but rather are one joined piece. The artwork instilled the emotion of longing in me, as someday I wish to have a family of my own. It also revealed to me that I want my family to be like the family sculpture: strong. The sculpture made of bronze can survive many trials and attempts to break it, and I want my family to be able to survive through trials and hardship and continue to be one unit as well. The design also helps me understand my current family, and how we are all one big unit. My current family supports me, just like the child of the sculpture is supported by the laps of both parents.
"Family" by Agustin Cardenas
Art and the good life
This piece of art, called Woman's Head Shawl, exemplifies the good life in many ways. The rich colors give a sense of individuality to the shawl, and the fact that it was hand woven adds feelings of accomplishment and pride. The shawl also represents power and prestige, which are important to the women in the Amazigh society. In this art, the theme of sharing the good life is present, as this type of shawl was most likely passed down through generations of Amazigh women. It can also be said that the art on the shawl is helping the person craft it share their ideas and values as well. Every aspect of the shawl can be interpreted as part of the artist's personality. Another theme this could represent is embodying the good life, as the shawl is worn over the head in order to hide part of the body. The cultural significance of the shawl helps the women wearing it embody what her culture considers the good life. This adds to my understanding and appreciation of the sharing theme because it helps me understand how a different culture has a chance to share their ideas. It gives me a window into what the good life looks like in a culture that is very foreign to me.
"Woman's Head Shawl" by Amazigh People