The Harn By Mary Alice Klenk

Medium/Technique

In the Harn there is an amazing exhibit composed of twenty of Giovanni Battista Piranesi's etchings. In the middle of these etchings is a massive map that indicates the locations that these etchings are based on. I adore classic architecture, especially when it's depicted through other mediums of art, because the architecture itself is art. It's almost like art inception. Italy is extremely beautiful. Etching, as a medium, is extremely difficult to do, and therefor is relatively uncommon. So to see twenty etchings in one room is very striking. It gives the art texture and shading unachievable through other art forms.

Design of the Museum

This section of the museum is particularly eye-catching. This is the area where the Asian art sculptures are kept. The garden outside gives off a very zen feeling that is calming and transcendent, which mirrors the purpose of Asian art. I also like the way the art is displayed in this section. The sculptures are placed in wooden cases with glass windows, which makes them seem more important. For example, a vase on a kitchen counter looks like a storage device, whereas a vase in a lit case seems like a work of art. All of the sculptures are pushed to the sides of this room. By designing the room this way, the garden itself is also a work of art. It is separated from the viewers by wood and glass windows, just like everything else.

Core Values

These sculptures are from the Asian collection. I like them (the ship in particular) because they are small and simple. This reflects my opinion that things don't have to be large or flashy to have meaning and be recognized. We don't all have to be the best or cure cancer. There are many small things that we can each do to better our circumstances and the circumstances of those around us. Often times this idea is drowned out by society's perception of success. But by seeing a visual representation of what I believe, I am able to remind myself of what truly matters.

The Good Life Through Art

This sculpture is entitled "Family." It is portraying a good life that many people seek. Its simplicity gives viewers the ability to see it very differently from each other. One person could look at this and smile, because they see it as a happy family, or a goal that they're trying to achieve. Another person may see it as a reflection of what they don't want. They look at this sculpture and see their individuality stripped away by the creation of this family. By reaching this end, a person would just be a black figure, with no distinguishable characteristics; nothing but one of many.

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