Art is the physical representations of what people create in their minds. When I visited the Harn, I saw many pieces of art. Some were meant to please the viewer, others to make them think, but overall what is the purpose of looking at art? Having a building just devoted to showcasing art seems to have no purpose, like a waste of space, which is why I ask, "What is art for?" For me art is a verb, a pastime. To create, view, curate, share all things involving art require energy and human input, which is why I say art is a verb. Walking through the exhibits, I found many things pertinent to the topic of "The Good Life", as well as ways to explain to myself how art and the good life are connected.
MEDIUM of ART and TECHNIQUE of ARTIST
When showcasing art it is important that the surroundings do not distract from the pieces themselves. Places that felt empty, like this room here, still felt like it had purpose. For me I always like things to have purpose.
Abstract wall placements, and spacious interiors make a path for your eyes to follow, while still feeling uncrowded. While going through The Harn, I found myself walking in circles because from one angle I saw something that I missed from another angle.
In my opinion, natural light is the best environment for viewing art. But the real best light for art is whatever light shows you the piece the way the artist intended it to be. Outdoor gardens were culminated in natural light so depending on the time of day you can experience the art in different ways. I like that outdoor pieces were incorporated into the design of the museum.
The entrance of the museum was my favorite. I liked how open it was. It was very welcoming. The sculpture in the center immediately draws your attention. To me it looked like a person running or balancing, it kind of gives you the sense that art is for anyone, because it is not hard to understand this sculpture. The simplicity of the form allow sit to be anything that the viewer wants it to be. It is for everyone.
In this picture, a women goes through the alphabet, naming kitchen tools, and getting more violent with each one. It represents the evolution of a women's role in society and how women have become more independent. Even though I value domesticity, I know that I can do anything, and I don't have to accept a lifestyle I don't want.
ART and the GOOD LIFE
Real life is art. Living the good life is realizing that art is present all around you.