The Beauty of the Harn Daniel Lai

I have taken a variety of art courses throughout my scholastic career and have learned to appreciate the different techniques artists use to portray their emotions and feelings. Hiram Williams' painting Distraught Palm uses a soft yellow paint with long paint strokes that create the picture of the palm tree. The different types of lines Williams' paintings make the canvas so unique because each line is unique to each other. This painting communicates a sad emotion since the palms of the tree seem to be drooping. As a whole, the painting makes me feel calm just by staring at it; it is a simple piece of art that portrays a distraught emotion for viewers to take in.
This particular exhibit in the Harn is very open in space. From the picture above, it is easy to see that the exhibit is split up in sections in a symmetrical manner. The exhibit is so interesting because it displays all the different types of art in different ways; sculptures on the ground, paintings on the wall, and artifacts in displays. The spacing of the exhibit makes me feel open, which helps me keep an open mind to what I am looking at no matter what it is. I felt intrigued by this exhibit; I was able to enjoy the beauty of all the art pieces without feeling confined by a small space.
The masks of the Lele and Kuba peoples portray the core values of their culture. While looking closely at the masks, the little details of the design of the beads and other materials used to make the masks portray the different values of the people. From the description of the masks, it is easy to recognize the representation of the spirits the masks are used to do so. While these artifacts look a little odd, the masks helped me realize that all cultures are different and use different things to display and represent their core values. They helped me better understand my culture because it opened my eyes to see that I use things like prayer and crosses to display my religious values while different cultures do different things to achieve the same goal as I do.
In Marvin Newman's photograph of the roadways leading to the Brooklyn Bridge, he uses an aerial view to display a unique viewpoint of the city. This particular photograph represents how people go through the same day to day process to get by which can be seen through the cars driving on the bridge. This ultimately helps people who see this picture to live the opposite way; to live the good life we cannot rely on the 9-5 workday. Instead, we must live above that by achieving our own goals and by living by our own values. This photo helped me understand that anyone has the ability to live above all else by opening our minds to have a more broad spectrum.
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