The reason why everyone has to take the Good Life, is because it forces students like my self to start looking at everything with new perspectives. In my opinion one cannot gain perspective by listening to a lecture but by rather gaining it through the experiences of our everyday life. This is why students in good life are forced to watch a play, or tour a museum. I do have to honestly say that I am grateful for this experience because I cannot say I have ever been to an art museum until a few days ago. In the beginning of the tour I kept asking my self what is the point of art, why do I have to be here, why cant I just see this stuff online. At the end of the tour I was pleased to have an answer to all of my questions and have a better understanding in regards to four different components meant to heighten my over all experience and perspective. The four being Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist, Design of the Museum, Art and Core Values, and Art and the Good Life. In the end all four concepts are up to interpretation meaning all four are apart of one big perspective that differ between everyone. My individual interpretation and or perspective on each component are on the following pages.
Medium of the art/Technique of the Artist
With this experience I learned that the technique and medium in which an artist uses has a direct impact of its interpretation, and or meaning. In the photo above I am standing next to El Anatsui. Old Man’s Cloth.
Looking at the photo above doesn't mean that you have full experienced this piece or that you really understand what the artist is trying to convey. With this particular piece and almost all forms of art, one must view it in person to truly appreciate the entirety of a piece. When I first looked at this piece and listened to the tour guide the first thing that came into my mind was patience. I though the artist must have had an extraordinary amount patience. He took the time to hammer out small pieces of scrap metal mainly flattened out liquor bottle caps and then weave them into a blanket of sorts "Old Man's Cloth". Then I started to think, wow every artist has an amazing amount of patience. What I liked most about this piece was that every little part was once considered garbage, every detail that I appreciated was at some point a piece of scrap metal and has now made it to an art exhibit. For me this truly added depth to the overall meaning. In a way It made me look at every other piece differently, because I began to understand just how much work an artist really goes through to convey their message.
Design of the Museum
In this picture one can see an underlining theme, the selection highlights the natural art behind jade. A form of art in which expert artisans from the neolithic period in china carefully formed. Showing the long history of creating art from natural resources.
Although one cannot see the entire exhibit in the picture, I will describe just how the museum designed the exhibit to truly highlight the pieces of art being displayed. When I first walked into the exhibit I notice different themes were separated into different groups. This I thought was really helpful, in that it made it easier to understand each of the pieces individually and as a whole, such as the jade section in the picture above. The exhibit as a whole was very spaced out, the benefit behind this is that it allowed me focus on a specific piece of artwork for there was only that piece in that vicinity. In the end, I can truly say that the exhibit made me feel really warm, I didn't quite understand how or why until reading an explanation of the importance of design provided by good life. Now I understand the museum wanted me to feel warm, the entire asian exhibit was immersed with natural light coming from the giant window displaying an asian style garden. The design choices the museum made, evoked both a warm feeling and made me feel as though I was in ancient china, and truly enhanced my appreciation for jade and historical forms of asian culture.
Art and Core Values
The photo above displays "Family" a sculpture by Agustin Cárdenas. The sculpture is a portrayal of two parent figures with a child seated in their lap.
Well the mere fact that the sculpture is called family makes it really easy to relate it to my core values. One of my biggest values in my life is family, I am extremely close to all 5 of my siblings, and have a strong relationship with my parents. This particular piece made me feel homesick, it reminded me just how much I love and miss my family, after leaving the museum I even called my mother and messaged a few of my siblings. Sometimes one will completely loose touch with their core values because of all of the distractions or worries of everyday. I can honestly say being away from home, and with all of the different things going on, it has become very easy to loose this core value. This piece served as a reminder to me, it reminded me how much my parents have done for me and how I need to try harder to stay in touch with my core values and with my family. I have come a long way from being a child on my parents lap, but I cant forget how I was once that child. When I visited the museum I wasn't alone, I went with a few of my closest friends. This experience has also showed me that no one piece will touch everyone, in fact only one of my three friends that joined me chose this piece to represent their core value. Family is one of my top five core values clearly this artist would agree. In the end this piece reminded me to cherish my family and hold true to my values.
Art and the Good Life
The photo above is displaying the White Closed - Form Vessel the artist of this piece was Toshiko Takaezu
There are a few things that the class the good life has covered, but a main theme that keeps coming up is the way in which one should look inward, deep into oneself and revealing entirety of ones internal emotions thoughts. Possibly even reveal the mysteries of ones self. The work above conveys and reflects the good life theme of self reflection and the concept of looking inward. The reason why I chose this particular piece was because the actual artist seemed to embody many of the ideas taught in good life. Takaezu's closed form vessels occasionally enclosed the many notes and self reflections made by herself while creating creating the work. Only seen by her eyes, never to be read unless someone broke the vessel. This relates to the good life because mystery is apart of everyones journey whether one is passively seeking the good life or actively seeking the good life. In the end finding the good life is done on your own, through your experiences and through self reflection. This work symbolizes self reflection and the mysteries that can be unlocked by looking inward, just as a hammer could unlock the messages hidden in the vessel.