The photo above is an exterior view of the Harn Museum . This photo was retrieved from the website: http://www.harn.ufl.edu/visit/plan
Medium of the art/Technique of the Artist
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
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
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.