GOOD LIFE TOUR OF THE HARN MUSEUM OF ART
Medium of the Art and Technique of the Artist
Interesting South American artwork done using an unconventional method.
Although this piece looks very simple from the photograph and from a distance, it is actually a very unique work. When viewed up close, one can see thousands of tiny grains in the art work, as it was weaved together using natural materials. From afar, it looks like a child's sketch on a blank canvas, but in reality it is something much more. The work is also very old, and was crafted in South America with minimal technology. While it may seem simple, this piece likely took a very long time to create, and with great skill and precision. It communicated that someone really cared about this work of art, and spent many man-hours on something that looks so simple from the outside.
Design of the Museum
The Harn's high ceilings and fresh designs add to the neutral feel of the environment.
This section of the museum was very effective at creating a certain feel, because of its architecture and color usage. The very large room with bland white walls and fresh wood floors created a very neutral environment in which the viewers could observe the art without feeling pressure or negative tones. In this situation, all the viewers feel is themselves, and the art; with nothing in between. This experience was very unique, as I felt that I was able to enjoy the art without distractions. There was nothing separating me from the pieces of art evenly spaced throughout the room.
Art and Core Values
There is an immense sense of pride and respect in this work of art behind me.
The photo behind me has a great deal of tension behind it. It depicts the twin towers; two buildings that were more than just buildings, they represented America's freedom and friendship casted throughout the world. Every American also knows the fate of these towers; destroyed at the hands of senseless and barbaric terrorists. The photo, in my opinion, shows us something very important. It emphasizes the pride that we as Americans have in our country, the pride that generations of Americans have worked and bled for. One of my core values is respect, and I felt a great deal of this while looking at this picture. It leads me to cherish everything we have in our country, as well as the distance I would go to keep our pride alive.
Art and the Good Life
The statue behind me represents a free spirited figure.
This work of art in particular stood out in connection to finding the Good Life because it seems so free of norms or influence. In a physical sense, the nudeness of the figure represents a certain degree of freedom willingness to express. On the other hand, the work was completely different than the other pieces in the museum, and certainly represents unconformity. I think the work itself embodies the theme of finding the Good Life. It's unwillingness to simply conform speaks a lot about the meaning of the Good Life and is step one in our own paths.