Medium of the Art
The piece of art with the most appealing medium to me was John Chamberlain's untitled sculpture of a painted crushed car. At first, this piece would look like a giant piece of metal. However, once you understand that the piece is a giant car that's crushed into a call, it becomes much more powerful. The experience of seeing a giant car, a large object we see every day, confined into the size of a duffle bag makes you realize actually how much space our material world takes up. I believe the artist used this medium because he wanted to demonstrate that the utilities and objects we use everyday, no matter how advanced, are just scraps of material that are gathered from the Earth.
This piece made me feel that humans are very special. Somehow, hundreds of people contributed to putting a bunch of pieces of raw resources to create a vehicle that can takes us anywhere we want at a decent speed. This is something that people take for granted when they drive a car. It is also very sad to see such a masterpiece become crushed into its original self. However, Chamberlain was able to add an artistic touch to make it appealing to viewers of the piece.
Design of the Art
The exhibit that was the most appealing to me was American Abstraction exhibit. There were not many pieces of artwork, but the design of the art and the opportunity for interpretations of their pieces were what caused me to spend most of my time there. The room that this exhibit is located in is a round room that branches out into other exhibits. The lighting of this room was focused on the paintings and sculptors. Almost every piece in this room was lit by their own light. This is strategically placed so that the focus of the exhibit is the pieces. The lights allow the viewers to view the piece as bright as possible to interpret the piece as they want.
I felt very excited and motivated to learn with the set-up of this exhibit. The focus on the pieces, the comfortable spacing of the pieces, and the few pieces they had there allowed me to really focus and take in the art as much as possible. Many of the exhibits had so many pieces too close together which made it difficult to focus on one piece at a time. With the American Abstraction, I was able to focus my attention on one piece at a time.
Values of the Art
One artwork that stood out to me due to the representation of one of my core values is a wooden sculpture called Family by Agustin Cárdenas, located in the Latin American section. Coming from a Latin American family, my family is very important and close to me. In Venezuela, where my parents originated from, it was traditional for the children to not move out of their house unless they were leaving the country or getting married. The cultural connection I had with this piece was very strong because I was able to relate to the painting due to my strong family value.