Good Life Tour of the Harn Matthew duffy - UNiversity of florida - susan lad

Zandvoort by Frank Stella

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist: Zandvoort is a 3D, abstract sculpture created by Frank Stella. I think this piece is especially important to see in person for many reasons. Most obviously, the 3D features cannot be fully perceived unless you see it in person. The sculpture is deeper than what meets the eye. When I went up closer to the sculpture on the wall, there were parts hidden in the intertwined pieces in and around each other that you would not be able to see if you only looked at a photo. This made me appreciate the work because I saw the extreme detail put into this sculpture. When I walked 180 degrees around the piece, I saw each part in a new light. The way the lighting was hitting the sculpture specifically lit up parts from different angles to show the depth that the sculpture provides. This is striking to me because so many random pieces, color schemes, and techniques were fit together to create a cohesive piece, which is so difficult to achieve. Initially, this photo communicated a peaceful chaos to me, because although it was all different and the piece is hectic, it all fits together so well. Upon reading the description of the sculpture, I learned it was meant to invoke the fast turns of a race track and the colors suggest an adrenaline rush. I completely understood that description of the piece. The flow of colors and the serpentine pieces all coalesce for a wild ride in sculpture form.

The Highlights from the Photography Collection

Design of the Museum: The Highlights from the Photography Collection, especially the entrance of this exhibit, stood out to me. I was walking around the museum and turned around to be met by this part of the museum. I think I have a mild form of OCD because I love when things are perfectly shaped or placed, are aesthetically pleasing, or fit well within their environment. I immediately saw the perfection of this exhibit. The way the archway framed the first painting of Frida Kahlo was appealing to me because I know the designers of the museum meant to do this, and I understood it. The sharp, clean lines of this exhibit was all done so well. The arrangement of the art in this exhibit was symmetrically placed on the walls, and the use of space with glassed enclosures every third painting was a pleasing addition. This wing was sleek and clean. I’m trying to think of a better word than aesthetically pleasing, but that’s what this part of the museum provided me. It all fit together so well it actually calmed me down.

Tokyo Street with Pachinko Parlor II by Yvonne Jacquette

Art and Core Values: One emotion Tokyo Street with Pachinko Parlor II brought out of me, especially upon reading the description, was desire. After my years at the University of Florida, I want to live and thrive in a city so badly. This picture shows a bustling city street, with vibrant, chaotic colors that show just how beautifully hectic a city can be. I desire to be fast paced, no sleep, working to achieve a better life and that’s exactly what I believe a city has to offer. This painting allows me to explore this value because for the first time, this also brought out a different feeling towards my desire I’ve never thought of. This painting brings out a little bit of fear in me; the fear of failure and rejection. By seeing a few city scape paintings near each other, this one stuck out to me because of the vibrant colors. But, the other paintings along with this one reminded me that not everyone achieves what they truly desire. I can’t imagine going to a city and not becoming exactly who I want to be so it scares me that it’s a possibility. I believe I will thrive in life, but I cherish the knowledge that there will be failure in the way, and that I am willing to adapt to achieve.

Jim Twadell's Place by George Wesley Bellows

Art and the Good Life:Jim Twadell’s Place is an example of embodying and celebrating the Good Life. This painting depicts a woman in front of her rural home. The description furthered my understanding that this family was once living in urban society but now reside in a rural area. This painting relates to Thoreau’s idea that to obtain the Good Life is to rid of materialistic ideals and to live in isolation. Although no one can truly live in complete isolation these days, this painting shows a family who chose to live a simpler life. They embody the good life by making the decision to move to a rural area and to stay there even though it may not be what everyone else is doing. Parts of the painting like the big, ripe fruit show lead me to believe they are celebrating their good life. They have been there long enough for the tree to be in full bloom and they will celebrate by eating the fruit they were lucky enough to grow. This aids in my understanding of these two themes because this painting was painted in 1924, so these ideals of the good life have been prevalent in society for a very long time.

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