Tour of the Harn Allison Bast

Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist: Here is a photo of Hiram Williams' "Distraight Palm" from 1990 and myself. This panting immediately stole my attention because of the texture. The selfie I took does not do this painting justice, as expected. A lot of the time one cannot fully appreciate a painting just based on a photograph, especially one from an iPhone. Seeing this in person, allowed me to appreciate the feelings the artist had while he painted it. When I saw this painting, I saw frustration and despair. The texture just added another layer to this. This technique of applying paint until it has a unique texture really allows for paintings to come alive before your eyes. It reminded me of my own hardships in life where frustrations kept pilling up. Without this technique being seen in person, people cannot relate to the artwork as well. This is why art museums are so important. It is one thing to see art but it is another thing completely to look at art.
Design of the Museum: Altogether, I saw that the Harn Art Museum was very well-designed all throughout the museum. I loved how some of the paintings were against light blue, white, or even dark blue walls depending on what would make the overall "aesthetic" look better. Yet in the exhibit pictured, a different method of architectural design was used. Here, a wall full of windows looks upon a garden with a small waterfall. The cherrywood floors contrast nicely to this greenery. When I walked in this room a peace went through me. I think this peace came from the "less is more" methodology behind the layout. The less objects are in a room, the more time you have for each individual one. This allows for the peace I felt. Sometimes in my life, I feel overwhelmed by the amount of work I have to do each day. This made this exhibit especially appealing to me. I felt peaceful and more appreciative of the artwork in this space.
Art and Core Values: This piece of artwork by George Grosz called "Manhattan" really spoke to my core values when I saw it for the first time. It depicts a version of the New York skyline we are not used to. New York is one of the most loved cities of all time but here is dirty and dingy. To me, this painting showed the work of the people in the city. Through the layers of smoke, I imagined people working all day and all night to make ends meet. This made me feel sorrow for people like this-the poor who barely make ends meet. I saw suffering and loss in this. I was reminded of my own time in New York City, when I wasn't on 5th avenue or on Broadway. I was in the subway and saw beggars' hands shaking from the cold. Upon this realization, I began to appreciate my own empathy instilled within me. Some people can go through experiences and not see or care for others' suffering. I want to in my life be able to help people who are suffering or going through a hard time in their life. Life is hard for everyone, so we should all do what we can do try to relieve this suffering.
Art and the Good Life: I do not know the artists true intent of this painting. Yet, all art on display is up for interpretation of the viewers. When I saw this painting, I realized some injustices that I and many others I know have experienced in our own life. In this picture, I see a city that is "perfect" in my mind. This city although beautiful, simply is not possible. Pictures like these make people think that there is places like this. Every human wants to achieve a perfect life in some shape or form. This "perfect life" will finally have everything in little neat compartments with no chaos or misery. The life in this painting is flawless with no messes. In reality, life is messy sometimes. Instead of being taught that happiness can be achieved in a place. A place where everything is neat or everything is in order. We should be teaching people that happiness is not a place, but a state of mind. The Good Life theme that relates to this is acceptance. We must accept where and who we are in order to be happy. Its not about getting to somewhere perfect because that place doesn't exist. Instead, accept where you are and be confident with who you are despite the messes that come up now and then.

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