Mitch goes to a museum by mitchell capps

Medium of the Art

The medium used in Filaments of Light is called woodcut, where a balck layer is cut into leaving the white underneath. This process is essentially drawing white onto a black page, the opposite of what most students are used to because we are used to putting colors on a white sheet. This medium was interesting to me because it clearly takes a great deal of planning and confidence in your strokes, because unlike most other 2 dimensional media, there is no way of going over or covering up your mistakes. It's very unforgiving, but it seems to pay off given the beautiful product it creates. There is also something comforting about cutting the darkness away and leaving a serene bright image underneath, which makes me feel as if the dark parts of life are fleeting, and the good parts are waiting to be discovered.

Mitch with Filaments of Light

Design of the museum

Upon arriving to the museum, I was already shocked by the design of the Harn, just because I drive by it all the time when going to Southwest Rec and never knew that the Harn was in the building its in. Even more surprising was the interior. Stepping inside on a cold day was very relaxing, as the dark wood floors, natural tones on the wall and radiant warmth immediately felt welcoming and intelligent. The high ceilings paired with the sparsely planted pieces of art gave the impression that each piece was important, very few had more emphasis than others. This allowed me to more carefully inspect each piece, giving a more personal and rewarding experience. The layout of the museum was also impressive as well, because the circular progression give a sense of chronology to the art, even though this is not the case, but it helps the viewer to not be overwhelmed by all they are processing. The following picture is me in a room that I especially liked, mainly for its wide open and simplistic layout. It felt very comforting, which was helpful because it can be unnerving trying to process all the art alone with the curators watching.

One room Mitch liked a lot

Art and core values

The piece that I felt a personal connection to in reference to my core values would have been Zandvoort by Frank Stella. The piece is a metal sculpture that takes up a the better part of a large wall, and has post modernism and impressionism influences. I felt as if this piece reflected my personal values because of how disorganized it looks but how organized it actually is. As a college student that does his best, I feel it is very important to try and balance many parts of life in order to life a complete and whole life. However, that can be hard given the amount of time we have, but this painting seems to manage the chaos which is what I strive to do. So in a way I relate to the painting because I feel its pain. It is trying to do the same thing I am doing, except where I try to balance school, family, social life, and mental health, the painting tries to balance vivid colors, abstract figures, and variable shapes. In both cases, with me and with the painting the product may not be the most pleasing sight, but its the effort put into balancing everything there is to be experience onto one form that makes the piece what it is.

Mitch and Zandvoort by Frank Stella

Art and the good life

This piece was in the African Art wing of the museum, which normally I've never had a personal taste for, but in this case, I felt embodies what a good life means. Many know how essential culture is to a good life, and no culture is perhaps more vivid and traditional than that of Africa. The rich colors and rhythmic motions portrayed in this piece accurately illustrates how important culture is to people who are still closely tied to their culture. As Americans, we are getting progressively distant from our culture, and it means less and less to us, especially concerning tradition. In this work, it is still very clear that tradition is key in this part of the world, and even though it is considered impoverished by our standards, it looks very rich in interpersonal relationships and culture, which I think we all could use a little more of in our good lives in the West. This image also stresses the importance of simplicity in ones day-to-day life, and how much celebrating life amongst the chaos we deal with can do for improving your general well being. In this side of the world, we infrequently celebrate the past, but are always looking forward, sometimes mistakenly, and this image of traditional, yet meaningful celebration shows how mistaken we may sometimes be in those ideals, and how key tradition is in a good life.

Mitch with Egungun Masquerade


All in all, the experience is very rewarding and I'm glad I went even though I wasn't required. In high school I took AP Art History and developed an affinity for it, but have had little exposure to to it for a while now. Getting back to it definitely adds to the intellectual aspect of my good life, and hopefully I can go again soon.

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