Good Life Tour of the Harn By: Kunal Kaushal

The photo above is an exterior view of the Harn Museum . This photo was retrieved from the website:

Medium of the art/Technique of the Artist

Photo's of John Chamberlain's "Untitled". All of the above photos were taken by me.

This work of art by American painter John Chamberlain is "Untitled", and the work consists of a compilation of a compilation of crushed car pieces formed into an abstract ball shaped figure. By visually experiencing and seeing the artwork with my own eyes, I was able to better understand the work because I could examine the details and definition through my own lenses. Upon entering the Harn Museum, I was immediately enraptured by the medium of this artwork due to the color scheme and the actual physical components of the artwork. Chamberlain decided to use car pieces of all colors, which brings out the visual elements of the artwork. I find the use of car pieces the most striking element of the art's medium, as it portrays the artists determination to create art using real discarded items: in a nutshell, Chamberlain is conveying realism through his artwork. This artwork communicated the idea that even the most seemingly useless items (in this case, the scraps of car pieces) can be utilized to create something magnificent. As a result, the artwork's medium made me feel a sense of interest in even the most most basic aspects of this piece, as well as all the other works in the museum.

Design Of the Museum

Photos of the "African Collection" wing of the Harn Museum. All of the above photos were taken by me.

The wing of the Harn museum that I found appealing was the "African Collection" wing. This wing of the museum was dedicated to important African art works and designs. It had various statues and paintings highlighting African history and art techniques. The reason why I chose this section of the museum was because I found the arrangement of the art to be rather unique and interesting. The "African Collection" portion of the museum was set up by leaving the middle of the exhibit rather spacious and filled with statues, while the walls of the exhibits were filled with various portraits and paintings. The statue of the "'Chinese' Style Fancy Dress Costume" (seen above) by Francis Kodow Coker was located in the middle of the museum. This statue highlights and demonstrates the importance of African influence on clothes and style, which is another aspect of the "African Collection" wing that I enjoyed. Overall, this exhibit made me feel more informed about the influence of African techniques in art.

Art and core values

Photos of Jackie Nickerson's "Dream Police". All of the photos above were taken by me.

While traveling through the Harn Museum, Jackie Nickerson's "Dream Police" really spoke out to my core value and emotion of sorrow. When I examined this picture, my first reaction was sorrow for the girl depicted in this photo. There is no way that I could survive through the harsh conditions that she has endured and I felt a sense of remorse that she is struggling to survive. However, after reexamining the photo, I realized that the girl depicted in the photo is smiling and proud to even be alive. After coming to this realization, I realized that it was important to appreciate the little things in life as oftentimes we don't value the everyday pleasures of life. As a result, this photo made me comprehend the importance of the core emotion of sorrow, as it propels an individual to not waste or overlook the joys of life. Overall, I appreciate that I was able to view the photo "Dream Police" by Jackie Nickerson because it really helped me open up and spoke immensely to my core values.

Art and the GOod Life

Photo's of one of the many photos by the Guerilla Girls. All of the above photos were taken by me.

The photos above highlight the artistic works of a group known as the Guerilla Girls, a feminist art group movement formed in order to address the inequality and underrepresentation of women in the art industry. The photo pictured above is a poster addressing the social injustice of women, which hinders the path to the Good Life. This work evokes the theme of social injustices for women by presenting hard hitting facts about the little representation of women in the art world: they highlight that the scarce amount of exposure that women do have in the art world consist of nude figures, which is clearly inappropriate. The Good Life theme that this poster addressed is "Fighting for the Good Life". The poster addresses this theme by asking the viewer a simple yet powerful question that questions the equality in the art world. THis poster helped me understand that fighting for the Good Life is critical and essential if one wants to strive for fairness.

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