January 25th, 2017. A day I shall never forget. This particular date will always remain close to my heart for it was the day that I first visited the Harn Muse-Okay, let me stop right there. I'm not going to sit here and say that "The day I visited the Harn Museum was the most important day of my life", because its not. Frankly, February 12th 2016, as that was the day I became a Florida Gator. Now, don't get me wrong, I loved going to the Harn, as I personally love art. I'm a big fan of van Gogh, but who isn't (other than Dutch citizens it the late 1880s). I'm also big into modern and minimalist art. The biggest item currently on my bucket list is to own an original piece of artwork. So, any trip to an art museum is a good time. For me, the Harn had a bit too much Frieda Kahlo, but I was able to look past that. Overall, visiting the Harn was a very enjoyable experience that did in fact stir some emotions within me. It's really a blessing that this class made me go to the museum, because I may have not taken advantage of having a free museum on campus, i decision I would have greatly regretted. Art can come in an infinite number of mediums, and its impact on people is always very personal. That is my favorite thing about art. Though I may be looking at a piece that thousands of others had, its meaning is always special for me.
Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist
If there was ever a part of the museum that blew me away in its design, it was definitely this wall of ceramics, found in the Asian Collection of the Harn. This design was so ingenious. The red brown wood perfectly contrasts a large majority of the ceramics, and makes them seemingly pop out at you. This whole room was designed in this fashion, but this wall specifically spoke to me from a design standpoint. All of the unique shades of vases work so perfectly against the consistent background. It allows each and every work in this small section to really shine. The jade pottery in the center specifically really jump from the display. It just was genius to design the room with so much wood, as the unusual choice of backing for art only works with these 3d, brightly colored ceramics. Had this been the room which featured Criss' work, that piece would have been lost, as the orange courtroom would have clashed and melded with the wood surrounding the work. Clearly, the designer of this room knew exactly what kind of work would...work here. It made me feel more blown away by the ceramics on display than I would have been. They all just seemed so much more elegant in my eye when seen in this enviornment. My biggest regards to the designer for such a beautiful feat of understated interior engineering.
Art and Core Values
Ah, yes, we've finally reached it. Now, I can talk about my unequivocal favorite piece of art in the entire museum. If I could buy this piece of artwork or have ten thousand dollars, I would be short ten thousand dollars. This work is by Yayoi Kusama, and is titled Nets-Infinity (TWOS). It provides such an important message for society and for my life. I will, frankly, never forget this specific piece of art, that's how much I loved it. So, without further ado, Here is the painting:
This piece is not for everyone, and it could easily be passed up by some. What's important to notice is that the white spots between the red paint in this piece is blank canvas. For me, this evoked me core value of taking advantage of our faults. Many artists would see blank canvas parts as a failure or a distraction, but Kusama makes it the main event. The red "net" pattern only exist to draw your eyes to the blank canvas fragments. I saw the blank parts of the canvas as societal traditional faults that I am unable to cover up. So, instead, I must find a way to make the faults seem beautiful and work to my advantage. That is the message that Kusama passed on to me. I cannot even describe the emotion I felt looking at this painting. I stood in front of it for probably 5-10 minutes, and only moved on because I didn't want to seem weird. Frankly, this work just makes me better understand my flaws and see them more as what makes me great than what makes me "incomplete".