Medium of Art/ Technique of Artist- This artwork titled "Old Man's Cloth" is actually made of pieces of aluminum that were secured by copper wire on each corner to minimize the space between each piece. There are also metal tops from brand-name liquor bottles that were flattened and pieced together to create the cloth-like appearance. Seeing the massive size of this art work makes you appreciate the artist's attempt to shed light on consumption and waste because all of these materials were recycled. I was also surprised by how the artist, El Anatsui was able to recreate the cloth-like wrinkles from using rigid materials like aluminum. One interpretation could be that if we were to recycle even a fraction of what we waste, we could create something as useful as a blanket sized cloth for an old man to use for warmth. "Old Man's Cloth" is much larger than an average person which goes to show that we create an excessive amount of waste, but we can use it to create something beautiful.
Design of the Museum- I really liked the contemporary collection section of the Harn museum. Here the artwork was very spread out and the light hardwood floors paired with the white walls really opened up the room. The open space gives the observer plenty of time and room to think about each piece of work before moving on to another to come up with their own interpretations. It was also right by the entrance so it wasn't too startling since most of the works were made in the 21st century. The lights were also bring against the white frames and white displays for sculptures to brighten them up. The picture depicts a book of hand-sewn and stitched cloth with lithography made in 2004. By separating each "page" I was able to analyze and appreciate each piece of cloth instead of being overwhelmed if they were all together.
Art and Core Values- "Excavation" by Boardman Robinson depicts an industrious working class. This is a more realistic behind the scenes view of what it takes to make the beautiful skylines we see today and ultimately the rise of the modern American city. The core value I see in this painting is one of desire and determination because these men are working to put food on the table for themselves and their families. It is not the common painting of the upper class and their aloof daily activities, but a down to earth, relatable work of art. It shows that life requires work when you're desiring a better life for yourself, it doesn't just fall out of the sky. Hard work does pay off and even if the day seems long and hard at the time, it does eventually improve. This reminds me just how much goes into our industrialized nations and they should be appreciated instead of taken for granted.
Art and the Good Life- "Street Scene, Market Place" by Joans Lie shows a fish market in Denmark and makes a stark contrast between the different classes. The fishmongers are in bonnets and aprons whereas those visiting the market are wearing a more cosmopolitan dress in brighter colors. The good life theme expressed by this painting is what we want to achieve out of life. As evident through our modules thus far, the good life is different for everyone because people have different aspirations and goals. The women in orange and pink dress seem to be content with their life as is because they have all of the materialistic things they could want. The fishmongers appear to envy the upper class because those women are smiling and seem so careless as if money fixes all of their problems. However, what is not shown could be the most important aspect. No one is particularly ecstatic at work and the fishmongers could have a very happy life with their family when they go home at the end of the day. If they want love and happiness out of their life and they have that, then they could have reached the good life just like the upper class women, just by different means. There is no one definition of the good life and we can not judge who has and who hasn't obtained it; the good life is a personal achievement.
Anderson, Alexandra. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida.
Anderson, Alexandra. Old Man's Cloth, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida.
Anderson, Alexandra. Ode a l'Oubli, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida.
Anderson, Alexandra. Excavation, Hard Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida.
Anderson, Alexandra. Street Scene, Market Place, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida.