Harn Museum of Art Rebekah lOng

Medium of the Art / Technique of the Artist

Traces, Viyé Diba, 2007

If I had only seen this piece of art online, or through a picture, I would not have understood the texture of it as well as I did when I saw it in person. Even in the picture I took with it, it looks much more plain and smooth than it really is. What I really appreciated about this piece and the medium used to create it was that it is something I did not expect to see. It is pieces of cloth on a canvas, similar to paper mache. I found it striking that something that looks so plain from far away is actually extremely intricate and textured. I was able to relate this to people, from far away we look fine, our lives often seem normal to other people. It is only when we go up close we realize that people aren't always what we think of them.

Design of the Museum

Zandvoort, Frank Stella, 1981

The first exhibit I saw as I went through the doors was the "American Abstraction" exhibit. This exhibit did not feature many pieces, but I liked it the most nonetheless. As soon as you walk in, all you see are three sculptures. They are reasonably spread apart from each other. I appreciated their spacial set up because it really allows visitors to view one piece without others near it distracting them. The lighting was slightly dimmer in this section than in others, but it was not necessarily noticeable. I liked being able to concentrate on one piece at a time, and then move to the next one. I also appreciate modern and abstract art more than older and more concrete pieces, so I liked this exhibit for that reason.

Untitled, John Chamberlain, 1973

Art and Core Values

American Art Glass

One of my core values is influence. I thought these glass vases represented this influence because they are inspired partly by French pieces. I also appreciate them because they look rather old, but I know that many people would still have these types of vases in their houses today. I took it's association with Influence really to show that the past is still affecting our present. Even just by having these things in the museum. We take time to look at these and take something from it, this is the epitome of influence. I allowed these vases to show me that the past and the present are continuously connected, and constantly affecting the way we look at the future.

Art and the Good Life

Frida at ABC Hospital Sketching, Juan Guzmán, 1950

This is probably one of my favorite pictures in the Harn. This picture depicts Frida Kahlo working on her art in the hospital. When I saw this, I immediately thought about the "Fighting for the Good Life" module. Even though Frida Kahlo is in the hospital for an extended period of time, she is still doing what she loves. This shows that you should never give up on the things that make you happy, that give you a "Good Life", despite the troubles life presents you every day. I have a new appreciation for Frida Kahlo as well as a new appreciation for the fighting module because this takes fighting from simply violent action to get something you want, to pushing through hardships to get what you want.

Frida Kahlo & Carla Agaostini at ABC Hospital with Puppets, Juan Guzmán, 1950
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