Reflections from the Harn By: Hugo Rodriguez

Medium and Technique

The previous are two very important aspects of how art is portrayed amongst the populous. For one the piece could be a seventh wonder of the world, but if improperly displayed, it could seriously distract there viewer from the message. Also, if the technique used to bring forth the images does no suit the theme, a mix in the messages could accidentally occur. Nevertheless, there are times when everything is set right and just 'fits' together. In my opinion the above drawing is a perfect example of this. It is such a simple style of art work: pencil work, rounded shapes, shading etc... If it weren't elegantly displayed in a museum, the it wouldn't be highlighted. It doesn't seem to be a work that could shock you into seeing the message on its own, needing the spot light. However, after viewing it for longer, you understand how it takes a snap shot of one of the simplest ways of life, perfectly suited for its drawing style.

Design of the Museum

Below are some images of the front of the museum. We also see how the museum does not actually let you wait to come inside to be fascinated by the rocks of art. Instead, they draw you in with a beautiful, simple, and almost basic portrayal of man. This is extremely important because it is like a good grabber at the beginning of an essay. It sets the tone for the visitor's experience, which if I may add, ends up being one of wonder. Along with the elegant landscaping which enhances the entrance as a whole.

Art and Core Values

In my experiences with art, portraits are have always been a very for way to empathize with certain emotions, but only to a certain degree. While a human face can be relatable, the fact that it isn't my own makes me question the body language portrayed, and if anything makes me focus on our differences then similarities. This statue called 'Black Flame' made me understand the emotions of passion and anger fully, without making me feel it myself. I believe this to be extremely worthy of discussion because it shows how some art can bring forth the feelings represented outside of us versus inside of us.

Art and the Good Life

Finally, the next piece I show reflects on the past. It shows respect to and artist who portrays a scene in the Book of Revelation of judgment day. Themes or the good life that I can take away from these images are the importance of culture and learning from the past for a better future. In essence, what culture a person belongs to doesn't make or break someones future. Rather those who live in bias or ignorance are at a disadvantage because they lack the knowledge of knowing what events or ideas have lead to their current circumstance, leaving them unable to change anything for the better. This piece is also an appropriation of a previous work. The artist recreated these images based on the work of a previous artist, showing a mix of the dark nature of art in the German time period and the intricate nature of indigenous art in the colonies. Learning from the past to create new and different portrayals just was we learn from our past experience in an effort to have better life.

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