Photo Credits: This is a picture of me looking at a piece of art.

Technique of the Artist

Photo Credit: I took a picture of this sculpture entitled "II-06-94" made by Nancy Graves

When I first strolled by this sculpture, I at first did not fully grasp what is was meant to represent, nor did I understand the creators intent. This piece is very strange to say the least, with an interesting combination of different textures of metals and glass, distorted to create the shape of stars and music notes, joined with abstract lines and shapes. Seeing it in person helped me inspect the piece from different angles, analyze the textures and groves with a closer eye, and gave me a helpful edge on what the artist wanted to communicate through this piece. All in all the artwork gave me an overwhelming and quizzical effect and, if my interpretation is correct, I think Graves was trying to convey the chaoticness and beauty of music in one structure, and I think she achieved so by constructing this abstract yet beautiful piece.

Design of the Museum

Photo Credit: I took this photo and received consent of my friend standing in the photo (left) to use this picture in my analysis.

One of the elements that I thought was very helpful about this museum was the separation of the art work according to the themes as well as the layout that helped convey the emotions one should feel when analyzing the art work. In this case, mounting the art work onto large blocks placed symmetrically across the room effectively made the room appear organized and visually interesting while not distracting the visitors from enjoying the detailed oil paintings. Additionally, as most of the drawings in this exhibit displayed a lot of small details within the art work, it was necessary to have very good lighting. These strong lights, which can be seen at the top of the photo above, flood the floor with large amounts of light. Lastly, the mellow orange color of the walls elicited just enough color to allow the black and white paintings to stand out from the wall which otherwise would have blended into an ordinary white colored wall. All in all, this exhibit invited me to take a closer look at the works of art and wander around the room, losing myself amongst the blocks of walls and the drawings.

Art and Core Values

Photo Credits: This photo was taken by me of a photograph by Carrie Mae Weems, titled "Untitled, form the Kitchen Table Series, 1990/2010"

My mom. My mother was the very first thought that came into my mind when I looked at this photograph. It made me think of all the times that I played dress up with my older sister, smearing bright red lipstick over my lips and clonking around in a pair of my moms heels, wearing a dress treading three times my height on the floor behind me. This photo, so simplistic in nature, a women doing her make up at the kitchen table with her daughter doing the same beside her. However it elicited such strong emotions of family value and the love, respect and admiration I have for my mom. This photograph made me understand just how much I value my family and how much I look up to them for guidance.

Art and the Good Life

Photo Credits: This was a photo I took of a piece entitled "Anatomically Correct Oscar" created by the Gorilla Girls.

Although this piece seems rather simple with text boxes displaying messages and one simple drawing on the side, its meaning stretches a lot deeper and it addresses an issue that was, and arguably still is, present within the film industry. According to the Gorilla Girls, the Oscars discriminate against the women and colored people in the film industry by never awarding them for their work. These sadly realistic facts of the industry are portrayed in this piece of art through the messages shown in the simple text boxes underneath the title. This piece brings light to the fact that most of the winners of the Oscars are white and male, inhibiting people to receive the hard earned credit that they deserve and ultimately stopping them from achieving their Good Life. By stating the facts in this straight forward manner and criticizing the Oscars head on, the Gorilla Girls call more attention to the subsurface problem many people in the film industry encounter and allows me to appreciate the "Fight for the Good Life" theme even more.

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