Good Life Tour of the Harn Diana diaz venturo

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist

Selfie with "Zandvroot" by Frank Stella. Taken with iPhone 6.

The artwork above and in my introduction page really caught my attention as soon as I entered the first exhibition room. This sculpture isn't something that would speak the same volumes it does in person, online. The artwork is titled "Zandvroot" and it was created by Frank Stella. In the description next to the artwork, I discovered that it meant to represent a city in the Netherlands that hosted the Grand Prix (automobile racing). If I were to have seen a picture of this online, I would have just thought it was a sculpture put together with several pretty colors. The medium of the technique that I found striking was the use of the vibrant colors to depict the adrenaline rush drivers feel when they are in competition. To me, it made me feel as if I could envision and embody what anyone who competes in a dangerous and exciting sport feels. It communicated to me the intensity of the racing experience and the mark it leaves on participants' lives. The 3D nature of the artwork also made it more surreal and tangible. Overall, it ensued happiness and excitement for the racing world.

Design of the Museum

Picture taken by Alexa Miller in Rock Garden. Taken with iPhone 6.

This rock garden pictured above at the side of the Asian wing in the Harn Museum made me feel organized and clean. This is a strange sensation, I know, but it was almost like everything was arranged perfectly. I also found this exhibit appealing because of the formation of the rocks. They were raked in such a way that they followed a spiral pattern across the floor. This also brought me a sense of calmness. The use of this outside space contributed greatly to the Asian wing in the Harn Museum because it allowed for a breath of fresh air while continuing the same ambiance the wing had presented. The exhibit made me feel refreshed and ready to go back inside with new eyes.

Art and Core Values

Selfie with "Woman Before a Mirror" by Fredrich Capelari. Taken with iPhone 6.

TThe artwork above is titled "Woman Before a Mirror" by Fredrich Capelari. The painting is of a Japanese woman who seen standing before a mirror. In traditional Japanese art, a woman's reflection in a mirror or a body of water was seen often. However, unlike traditional Japanese art, the woman's head is turned to demonstrate that she knows that there is someone looking at her. This appeals to my core value of embracing my femininity. The woman is not shy to look at the viewer in the eyes and know that he or she is watching her as she admires or analyzes her features. In today's society, that are still events that show that women are not equal to men. I will never let my gender stop me from being just as successful as men are seen to be. This artwork empowers me to pursue my goals in life without a care about what others say or think of me. People could watch me make errors along the way but in the end, I will turn out to be victorious. This painting helps me cherish my identity as female even more because the woman in the painting seems unafraid to acknowledge the viewer. Just like her, I am unafraid to show others what I am capable of despite being seen as the lesser gender.

Art and the Good Life

Selfie with "Dear Art Collector" by the Guerilla Girls. Taken with iPhone 6.

The artwork above is titled "Dear Art Collector" by the Guerilla Girls. The Guerilla Girls are feminist activist artists. I think this new exhibition of the museum with art by the Guerilla Girls really evokes a sense of empowerment and justice. One of the Good Life themes that we will actually be covering next week is "Fighting for the Good Life." I believe that this artwork clearly states that women aren't given equal recognition in several different sectors, one of them being art, as men do. To me, fighting for the Good Life means to be able to push past boundaries set by our society in order to achieve greater means. Like stated in my previous page, women are often seen as inferior and incapable to perform certain activities. A key to the Good Life is being able to fight for what you believe in so that you can live contently. I have always seen the Guerilla Girls as a motivated and dedicated group of feminists that will and can do anything to bring justice to women. This artwork adds on to my appreciation of the theme "Fighting for the Good Life" because it just demonstrates how there is more than one feminist out there trying to expose the injustices against women. Together, we are strong and able to exercise our voice in order to get our equal rights.

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