The Asian art wing of the Harn museum is superbly designed. Immediately upon entering it one cannot help but be struck by the natural lighting, the adjacent garden, and the neat organization of the artworks. The beautiful garden as part of the wing exemplifies art as part of the living breathing world and not just something that is to be viewed in a vacuum outside of all external influences. Not only did the exhibit provide an interesting interpretation for how art should be viewed, but also displayed artworks from varied, yet somewhat similar cultures.
Medium of the Artist
The sculpture Black Flame is a sculpture that really must be seen in person to truly appreciate it. Even the picture does not accurately depicts its rich black color and intricate grooves. Viewing it in person allows you to view it from all angles, to see in every perspective. The ability to carve such finely detailed grooves into the stone is truly impressive and brings the piece to life. While the piece clearly resembles a flame in some ways when viewed from other angles it can take on the appearance of a blossoming flower or an odd species of coral. One can not help but think of life and rebirth when viewing the piece.
Art and its Core Values
This piece appealed to my core values of subversion. There is a certain beauty in the ability to change the way we perceive something. The depiction of the horse is interesting not just for its intricate designs on its face, eyes, and main, but also because it changes the way we view and think about horses. The ability for art to subvert and defy expectations to push the medium forward is something I always valued. It very much influences my conceptualization of self as a unique individual.
Art and the Good Life
This work very much depicts what it means to seek the good life on an individual level. Here we see the bustling streets of what I assume is china town in New York City with countless people all going about their days trying to find happiness in a variety of ways; all are heading off on their own paths. The neon sign dominating gives the entire work a dull pink glow that seems to ask every passerby is this what you want? The glow of the bustling streets seems vapid and superficial and could be a subtle commentary on the failings of capitalism to provide a meaningful life.