The Harn Museum By Garrit DuBois

Roberto Matta created this untitled work in 1956 out of colored crayon and pastel on paper. Seeing this artwork in person allowed me as a viewer to see the technique behind the strokes of the crayons. From a distance the artwork looks messy and created by a young child. This style strikes me as out of place and startles me when I see a piece of art made by crayon in a museum. The artwork communicates a nostalgic feeling of when I was young and made art with crayons. The nostalgia is a warm feeling and makes me feel content with my life.

Roberto Matta, untitled, 1956, Harn Museum Gainesville, January 18, 2017.

The section of the museum I chose to highlight was a spacious wing of the museum that leads to the garden. The far wall is constructed entirely of windows, thus the room utilizes natural lighting. The tiny lights around the room help to illuminate the artwork in the bookcases along the perimeter of the room. Overall, the artwork in the room takes up large amounts of space. The expansive use of space creates a depth to the room. The depth and vastness to the causes viewers to feel insignificant, or smaller in such a large room. The room is designed so the few large art pieces in the room can be viewed by many people. The art itself is arranged on the floor and around the room in glass cases. The glass cases serve as occasional small pieces of art to look at between looking at large pieces of art. The glass cases serve as accent pieces and add an extra dimension to the room when the light from the outside garden shines through and onto the glass cases themselves. This effect causes people to move around and constantly rearrange their position around the room to see the art.
"A thanksgiving prayer to the Mixe god Kloga in gratitude for the good harvest, Oaxaca, Mexico" is a piece of art created by Sebastiao Salgado in 1944. This piece evokes a sense of spiritual connection, and ties to family; two values that are very important to me. the emotions that I feel are a sense of connection and love for my family members. Salgado's piece allows for me to explore my values in my imagination. I can see myself there with the two people in the artwork. Standing there with them would elicit feelings of interconnection. This piece of art invokes a sense of hope, showing even if all the trees in the piece are bare or broken, the two people praying feel connected to a spiritual higher power. This art piece in particular helps me to understand what I believe in and reinforces my values of family by showing humans like me stand on top a hill and pray. I feel that no matter what the two in the artwork are praying for, I as a viewer want for their wish to be granted. I feel this way because I find myself searching for spirituality and discovering nature is a healthy way to explore human interconnection with the world. This artwork in a sense represents me in my journey for spirituality.

Sebastiao Salgado, A thanksgiving prayer to the Mixe god Kloga in gratitude for the good harvest, 1944, Harn Museum Gainesville, January 18, 2017.

Pedro Figari's "Negros y mulatas" uses oil on board to create a scene of customs of Uruguay. The population of Uruguay consists of all people being a part of the lower class. Pedro Figari spent his life as a public defender of the poor and later influenced his creation of artwork. This piece stands to symbolize the importance of family and tradition in individuals' lives even if they live in poverty. The visual elements present in the art show people of color coming together and celebrating. This piece challenges viewers to think about people around the world and displays the importance of preserving culture. Figari as a person and later as an artist used his work to challenge who we as humans want to help.

Pedro Figari, Negros y mulatas, 1930, Harn Museum of Art Gainesville, January 18, 2017.

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