La Gran Trompette by Julio Gonzaléz
Many of the pieces at the Harn museum demanded interest in their construction method alone. Julio González's La Grande Trompette piqued my interest particularly because of its peculiar design and also its welded scrap iron structure. The medium used by González does well to represent the central idea of unity. The miscellaneous bits of severed iron used in this piece have little meaning individually but come together to create a work of art with a significant message. Not many of the pieces at the Harn represented this form of abstraction as thoroughly as La Gran Trompette. Despite not being aesthetic like other pieces in the museum, González's piece instills a feeling of oneness among humanity unlike any other work.
Coming out of the Latin America wing of the Harn
The layout of the Harn was incredibly well thought out. After leaving the main exhibit, each wing of the museum features pieces from different cultures around the world. Such cultures included Latin American, African, Asian, and also a womens area (this is obviously not a culture but it represented a unique set of ideas similarly to the cultural wings). Having the different cultures separated yet still side-by-side assisted in appreciating the differences in style and culture while passing through the museum. I particularly enjoyed the African culture wing because of its vibrant colors and festive vibe. The many celebratory costumes and headdresses featured in the exhibit brought uplifting thoughts with them. In addition to the works of art, the African culture wind also featured several video booths showing traditional dances performed at African celebrations. This extra splash of culture was quite enjoyable and significantly boosted my experience at the Harn.
Linda Kohen's Cama Alta (Tall Bed)
When I first saw the Cama Alta I wasn't sure what to make of the piece. Pictured is a bed with what appears to be a tear down its middle and two slight depressions on either side of the bed. After some further thought I came to understand that this piece represents the idea of social intimacy and regret. I believe that the distinct separation between the darker areas of the bed represents a where two people lay apart from each other due to a regrettable experience. This accurately depicts a common theme in today's society, especially among individuals aged 18 to 30, of casual intimacy followed by feelings of shame and regret. This helped me to better appreciate close relationships with those around me and to open my eyes to the corrupt mentalities of many of my peers.
Lee Krasner's Primary Series: Blue Stone
Of all the images that grabbed my attention in the Harn, Lee Krasner's Primary Series immediately spoke to me about the meaning of the Good Life. The series of paintings shows ambiguous and seemingly unorganized ink splashes on canvas. To me this ambiguity represents the Good Life because its interpretation lies in the eye of the beholder. Similarly to the Good Life, its meaning may vary widely depending on an individual's values and experiences. Personally, the image brought feelings of creativity, emotional expression and excitement. For me, these things are very important part of reaching the Good Life and personal fulfillment.