Harn Museum Christian WYatt

Emil Ganso, Central Park Winter, c 1926, Oil on canvas.

I wandered along a wall filled with various sized picture frames, something out a fun house almost, only if the silence of the museum had not brought me back to reality. Then, this piece, known as Central Park Winter, by Emil Ganso, was the first piece in the tour that caught my eye. It was so visually pleasing to me. The whimsical trees in the top half of the portion juxtaposed against the very white bottom half was my favorite part. From a far it was nothing much, but, as I neared, the painting began to pop off of the page, almost as if the painter was there, and had just stricken the canvas only a moment before. The oil painting reminded me of a painter that my parents have all around my house: Real Fournier. The picture below is one of his works, and although he clearly had a very unique style and use of colors, the way the painting felt divided and the way the paint had texture, and added visual stimulation, much like Ganso's painting. Neither picture does the painting justice which is exactly why I chose it to represent the first bullet, finding a work where the medium of the painting or sculpture stood out most to me.

Real Fournier, Ready For The Next Journey, c. 2016, Oil on linen
Water Garden, Harn Museum

The next pictures I took was in the Water Garden. It is a beautiful garden with waterfalls, moss gardens, flowers, trees, and a beautiful view of the surrounding area. This was the part of the museum I really enjoyed. I thought it was unique how seamlessly they integrated an inside exhibit, into an outside one. The glass backdrop in the photo below is the wall to the inside; allowing plenty of natural light into the museum. The garden provides a nice get away from the emptiness of the museum. When I re-entered the museum, I felt re-energized to look at more of the museum, and find more gardens!

Water Garden, Harn Museum.
Yvonne Jacquette, Motion Picture (Times Square), 1990, 12 color lithograph and silkscreen

When I walked pst this picture, I stopped and stared. I was mesmerized. I knew immediately that this was going to be my picture to represent my core values and art. Although not necessarily a value, my dream has alway been to move to New York. I have always loved being on stage and wouldn't hesitate at an opportunity to spend any amount of time in the great city of New York. Not being from the city, I grew up loving the small town values, but knew it wasn't where I would end. I love the noises of the city, some people don't, but me? I love it. This picture may just be Times Square to some, but to me it is so much more. It makes me appreciate my upbringing, but also stands as a goal; for me to make it to my city.

Yelimane Fall, Jawarthu, Line 22, 2002, Acrylic on canvas

Here, with Jawarthu, I felt this accurately describe the connection between three things: art, humans, and the good life. When walking through a museum in Gainesville, I would have never thought I would get the joy to see such a culturally rich piece, right here! Seeing the swirling colors and intricate scripture, I was instantly transported to my time in the Istanbul. To me, that is what arts connection to the good life is. I felt like I was able to see a mans work, where he was freely able to voice and paint whatever he pleased. I felt like I had opened a 3D textbook. I felt all the beautiful memories of similar painting from the Middle East. This one painting expresses so much freedom of expression and freedom of enjoyment, I felt it incapsulated what art has the ability to do in representing certain aspects of the good life.

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