Tour of the Harn Jared Cook

An artwork that I was able to truly admire in person was a piece by Ross Bleckner. His creation was an oil painting on canvas of white and black stripes that were shaded in a way to give off an optical illusion. A technique that was illustrated by placing a keyhole in the middle of the piece to give something for your eyes to rest on. By viewing it in person, I was able to stand at a distance to where the painting encompassed my whole perception. This optical illusion allowed me to experience a trance state of mind which communicated euphoria and made me feel peaceful.
The design of the Asian wing was a something that really stuck out to me. Once I walked into the room with the artwork, I actually felt like I was in Asia when I looked out the window and saw the garden. The amount of natural light that came in through the large window also made my viewing experience of the art better because it was easier on my eyes. I really adored the design of the Asian exhibit because of its ability to take you into the foreign country by the outdoor environment surrounding the art.
My favorite part of the Harn tour was definitely the rock garden. Throughout my whole life I never understood the meaning behind the rock garden and I thought it was silly. Although, after I asked a volunteer to explain what the rock garden means, he told me that everything symbolizes something which completely changed my perspective. While this answer was broad, it made me dig deep inside myself to find meanings to all the rock patterns and boulders. I even thought past this. As I meditated and observed how they crafted the rock garden patterns, I noticed how they had to step on the rocks to access hard to reach spots. An emotion that was instilled into me by watching this was ease because no matter how many rocks were misplaced by their feet, the pattern was always fixed and raked over. It makes me think about my life and how I will mess up at times but in the future these mistakes will be fixed and raked over with time. Realizing this certainly relieved some stress.
An artwork at the Harn that conveys a Good Life theme is this piece by Joaquin Torres-Garcia. Two Good Life themes that this painting resembles are human experience and art. Experiences are things that every person encounters and the artist portrays message through geometry, proportions, and lines. This results in a universal language that everyone can understand. This art increases my understanding of the Good Life theme of art because it speaks the creativity of expressing emotions to generate a common relation among all Human, interaction. I find it truley amazing that Garcia is able to convey this theme through his uses of shapes and it still speaks the same message to anyone who observes it.
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