The Harn Museum By ruan Abarbanel

Boulder with Figures in Landscape

The carved jade stone that I took a picture with was one in a lineup of other jade carvings. These pieces of art held an interesting experience for the viewer that you couldn't get by simply looking at them through images or by description. Their green color appears fairly dull in the image, but in person, they took on a different aesthetic. Depending on one's viewing angle, the light would bounce of the stone that made it look otherworldly and almost supernatural. After seeing it in person, I can imagine why the artist chose jade as their medium because of its unique characteristics. The specific piece I chose was interesting to me because it interestingly use the dark blemishes and lighter portions in the carving itself, where the dark areas crept in from the edges giving the idea of approaching night upon the setting.

The second piece(s) of art that I encountered that drew my attention was this set of sketches as part of The Arthur Ross Collection. These works created by Giovanni Battista Piranesi depict two stages in the life of busy drawbridge. The lighter work dates ten years prior to that of the darker one and shows a drastic chance in the infrastructure present. It is obvious where various new additions in bridges and paths add functionality and efficiency. To me, this related to the story of Benjamin Button and the influence of age on the good life. Although this isn't a person and its experiences don't necessarily build upon themselves in the same complex way as a humans, the evolution of this drawbridge has many parallels. New connections are built in order to make things easier for the people who inhabit the area and repair or demolition of broken sections also work in the same way a persons opinions and ideals can change.

The third part of my experience at the Harn was captured by the room containing a multitude of oriental art pieces and this expansive, beautiful room. This was my favorite exhibit by far because of the various aesthetic aspects of the wooden features, the expansive set of windows, and the elegant garden outside. Much like the rest of the museum, this wing had an expansive space, high ceilings and a selection of large art works positioned across the floor. I was really engaged in this experience because I felt as though everything was the focal point of the exhibit. The grand scale prompted me to fold my hands behind my back, walk straighter, and peer into the true meaning of each art piece. I was inspired to quietly observe all that had been presented to me because of the simple design laid out by the skilled architects of the room. After view the art, I took the opportunity to walk outside and observe the landscape of the miniature garden that had been constructed.

I was genuinely entertained by this final work of art. St. Jean's Bay by Leon Kroll captured my attention because of its style and drove me to create my own story for the image. The collection of structure and lack thereof create an image almost like a dream. For me, memories are one of the things that I value. Making memories is extremely important to me because I believe that if we aren't doing something that is worth remembering, than what is live even about? With this in mind, the painting I was viewing made me begin to think of my own memories and experiences that I've had. The unstructured nature of the work allowed me to fill in the gaps with my own mind and helped me even finish the detail of the painting.


I took all photos myself on an iPhone 5s

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