Medium of the Art/ Technique of the Artist
I have been to the Harn a time or two before, and I have always enjoyed my visits. However, this particular visit was particularly enjoyable because of the new contemporary art exhibit. I walked into the front door of the exhibit and was in immediate awe that my favorite period of art was portrayed right before me. This piece of art by John Chamberlain caught my eye because of the unique medium. This piece of art is a three-demensional ball of aluminum that looked like it came from some industrial machines or cars. It was spray-painted with various colors in random places. If this was seen in a book or on a website, the viewer would not be able to take in the harshness and uniqueness of the aluminum material. It has the essence of the industrial age trapped in the technique and if it was not seen in person, it would be very hard to make that connection. I found this so striking because I have never seen a work of art made of crushed aluminum. It wasn't art in the traditional sense of painting, or carefully crafted sculpture, but it took on its own form. When I saw this piece of art, I immediately thought of the technology industry and the excess waste that could build up in the modern world. I think it was a tribute to all of the aluminum machines and gadgets in its rawest form. It portrayed a marking point for all of the advances we have made in technology. This art made me feel slightly disturbed, as the harshness of the material felt as though it did not have a place in the museum, but I was also amazed to see something so unique.
Design of the Museum
I have always been fascinated with this part of the museum because I have never seen a single piece of art incorporated so closely with nature like this sculpture. This scene was planned and manipulated on purpose, and it is truly amazing how the specific landscape aspects really accentuate the piece itself. The set up of this piece adds a sense of calm to the piece and makes me feel as thought the piece itself is one with nature. The bright lighting contrasts with the bronze/green patina material of the sculpture, but it doesn't stand out as it connects with the dark green plants in the setting. The garden has a foreground, middle ground, and background and is essentially a piece of art in itself. The space is small and is not meant for many people to go into. It makes the placement intimate and alludes that only the sculpture is supposed to be there. The chairs outside of the garden also prove that this place is meant for relaxation and calmness. It reminds me of one of the earliest pieces of Art known to man, Venus of Willendorf. I feel as thought the artist is calling up the primitive basic side of human nature to portray this sculpture. This piece of art makes me feel calm and relaxed. The smooth sculpture along with the plants really help me feel no anxiety or stress.