THE HARN by emily case

MEDIUM OF THE ART

This is the Paula and Marshall Criser Garden, created by the UF graduate Aaron Lee Wiener.

This piece was particularly interesting to me because of the fact that it was a garden. I usually don't think too much about the way plants are aligned in gardens, but the way that the museum actually frames this little garden forced me to recognize it as art. Furthermore, the way that the landscape artist uses foreground, mid ground, and background shows the thought that clearly went into this display. Also because of this, I do not think the same effect would be established through just pictures, which would not capture the element of 3D. Just sitting there in front of it, I was able to feel at peace and entranced by the rhythm and order of the garden.

DESIGN OF THE MUSEUM

Taking a closer look at an etching by Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

This particular exhibit was filled with intricate drawings and sketches. I liked that the museum grouped all of these black, white, and grayscale pieces together, because that element of continuity illuminated the differences between artists and styles. For example, the black and white Piranesi drawing pictured above was much different from a Henri Matisse piece in the same room. Also, this room had magnifying glasses in it. Originally I found this silly, but it was cool to get a closer look, particularly on this piece of art. You could truly see how overwhelmingly intricate the etchings were.

ART AND CORE VALUES

The feminist exhibit had mostly posters by the Guerrilla Girls, the second picture being my favorite... though it was hard to choose.

One of my core values is without a doubt the equality of women on all fronts. Seeing these posters, which actively call out the inequality of women in art, was incredibly saddening. This art was just as much informative as it was visually pleasing, and I know I definitely learned from it. The information was presented in a way that was logical and fact-based, which was even cooler. The piece that made me the most emotional, pictured above, was a collection of quotes from prominent male historical figures, who were saying misogynistic things about women. I felt betrayed and saddened by this, but also hopeful because the artists are bringing these issues to light, and fighting for gender equality on a platform I don't actively think about.

ART AND THE GOOD LIFE

This oil painting is "City Blocks" by Bertram Hartman.

The picture above represents the good life to me for a few reasons, even though at first glance it seems kind of gray. First, I grew up in Chicago, and big cities are comforting to me. I miss living among sky scrapers, and this photo brought back a lot of memories for me. I aspire to move back to a big city one day, which is why this represents my good life. Furthermore, I found the perspective in this painting to be very dynamic and exciting, much like the bustle of a city. I don't want my future life to be boring, and as we discussed many weeks ago, it is hard to be content in the same situation for long since we adapt. Adventure and continual moving (physical and mental) are important for the good life, which I think is exhibited in this image.

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