Medium of Art and the Technique of the Artist
While touring the Harn Museum of Art, the canvas paintings in the hallway before the main exhibits sparked my interest the most. The vivid details of each brush stroke is emphasized on canvas and the colors are able to blend well within the painting. Canvas paintings truly show the emotion of the artist and the themes the painting portrays. A painter using a canvas as a medium can put more emphasis on a certain area of the painting to show more emotion or other underlying ideas. Although not visible through pictures, the human eye can see portions of the oil jut out of the canvas. Many famous works, like the Mona Lisa, are painted on canvas because of these reasons. The texture of paint on this medium brings out emotions, cultures, and painting styles, that other mediums cannot.
Design of the Museum
The overall design of the Harn Art Museum was flowing and simple, following a circular design that allowed you too see each exhibit equally throughout your visit. Each section of the museum represented different arts of the world. From Africa and Asia to Latin and South America, each section of the museum has a variety of arts from hundreds of cultures. Specifically, the two small garden exhibits near the center of the museum enticed me. Both of the gardens had floors comprised of pebbles and rocks that contrasted will with the plants. The lighting of the exhibit allowed us to view the sculpture that was placed in the center and the plants easily. The single sculpture along with the plants gave a sense of peace and simplicity. The pristine atmosphere inside the garden showed the beauty of nature with the art.
Art and Core Values
The most interesting section of the entire museum was the Asian art section. With my family history originating from China, I felt a connection to the atmosphere the art and the placement of the art created. This exhibit's initial difference compared to the rest of the museum was the entrance. The entrance is comprised of hardwood stretching all the way back to the garden that allowed the natural sunlight to flood the room.
The first part of the exhibit included vast amounts of jade artwork. Their colors ranges from a cream color to a faint green to a light brown. The craftsmanship and detail of each piece really showed the culture and life of the time period in Asia. The second part was a Korean art room withing the Asian exhibit. In the center of the room was an old Buddha piece of art that is thought to have a soul or some being within it. Finally, the exhibit finished with an outside garden that featured a different variety of plants. Due to my family background I felt more connected to the art and imagining what life was like so long ago and how did the lifestyle of these people play into the way they created art.