Medium of the Art/ Technique of the Artist
I found the painting, Tokyo Street with Pachinko Parlor II, by Yvonne Jacquette quite striking. I found that the artist did an excellent job of making the Pachinko Parlor pop with bright colors and distinct contrasts in colors to truly make the painting look as if the painting has neon lights within it. It was more beneficial to see the painting in person rather than a picture of it because the colors were much more vibrant in person as well as the headlights of the cars. The bright headlights make the city in the painting appear to be moving at a fast pace in a hectic fashion.
Design of the Museum
The Zen Garden was definitely one of my favorite exhibits in the Harn. I have always had an affinity for nature for as long as I can remember and I was fascinated with this exhibit. I liked the use of natural lighting and the entire exhibit was a statement on natural beauty and how it occurs organically as a form of art.
Art and Core Values
This Buddhist Plaque, created in Korea in 1738, was an artwork that I felt reflected many of my core values based on how I anticipated it would be interpreted. Most viewers of the artwork would assume the piece is associated with Nazism and would be frowned upon. In actuality, it is a common symbol in Buddhism that represents goodness. This reflects my personal beliefs because I am a strong advocate for open-mindedness and empathy. We learned early in the class about the dangers of a single story and this artwork portrays this in our world. Many viewers would assume the artwork promotes anti-semitism without questioning that it could have any other purpose. I genuinely believe that almost all tensions can conflicts are rooted within ignorance and if one side could view a controversial topic from the other perspective, a lot of issues can be solved.
Art and the Good Life
This sculpture right outside of the Harn Museum I believe displays what the Good Life truly is. The sculpture strongly resembles a fingerprint which I think is the perfect example for the Good Life. The pursuit of the Good Life is something universally human, much like fingerprints. Furthermore, each person's search fro the Good Life is unique and no two are the same, just like a fingerprint. The Sculpture is also circular and winding. The shape of the sculpture represents the path towards a Good Life. It is never a straight, easy path, but rather a twisting path that moves forward and backwards and the individual cannot see the end until that person gets there.