Good Life Tour of the Harn Museum By Riley Bailey
Medium of Art
M. Koslek's "Semi-otics of the Kitchen", a series of videos in which a women named the various tools that could be found in a Kitchen, is an art instillation that exemplifies the idea that art must be experienced in person. Shown in a dark room, the motions of the woman were humorous and random; an effect that would have been lost if I had went and searched it up on my own. The meaning of the work, most likely a comment on gender roles, would have also been absent if I had not seen the work at the museum as it was included in the Harn's female artists section. The medium of video also allowed the piece of artwork to address banal items interestingly that I would have otherwise glanced over if it they were still images. The artwork was a unique and borderline absurd piece that surprisingly was enjoyable it its weirdness. These absurd sentiments probably relate to the absurdity the artists regards gender norms that state the kitchen, and the home, are the domain of women. "Semi-otics of the Kitchen" illustrates that expressions of art often have to be experienced as their intended meaning is informed by their relation to space, the differing angles to view them from, and the manner in which they are presented. Experiencing art as it is intended is important because the communicative nature of artistic expression is only effective when the artists had an engaged audience to communicate with; which requires that an audience member experiences the art in the manner the artists envisioned them to.