Good Life Tour of the Harn Hubert ZHao

An interesting exhibit, that I felt I could have only appreciated being there with it, was Geographies, by Celeste Roberge in 1986. The medium of the artwork was very unique in being made of stone and metal in the shapes of eggs, something I have never ever before seen in a museum of art. This abstract art communicated the symbol of birth to me, ostensibly from the egg, but also related a feel of the creation of the earth, with the stony medium resembling the stone of the earth. I was somewhat perplexed at first by the dullness and commonness of the rock and metal, but the metaphor soon made me feel more mystified as I began to see images of the earth in its formation along with the planets and the universe itself. I don't think I would have felt the same way just looking at a picture of it, as the unique medium and shape was something one could only fully experience firsthand.
The exhibit shown in the picture is particularly appealing to me from its use of space, lighting and nature. One of my pet peeves about museum is how closed off it can feel from the rest of the world, as I often feel trapped by the unending walls. This exhibit at the harn instead puts open space and lighting on full display through a vast array of windows and a beautiful backdrop of beautiful greenery. The art is also arranged more spread out and painted an inviting sight to me. I felt more refreshed, open, and at peace within this exhibit. The design beckoned me to walk around as if I were strolling in the park, and it was a very unique and cool experience.
This Buddhist Plaque with the "swastika", when inspected on a deeper glance, personifies not the Nazi regime but an ancient original symbol of peace and goodness, and even eternity. This appeals to my core value of personal beliefs. As a Christian I believe in the power of love, peace, and goodness and how through love and faith we can achieve eternal life. This exhibit, although not of my faith, speaks to me with its simple yet beautiful circular patterns all seeming to be in harmony and peace. The symmetric pattern of the broken-armed cross makes me feel complete and at rest, and affirms my belief in the existence of a good peaceful truth and life.
This artwork, Prism, by Mariyln Minter in 2009, conveys the Good Life theme of injustice in embodying the Good Life. The injustice is portrayed through a picture of a woman's lips over-bedazzled and stuffed with make up and beauty product, a clear symbol of the overbearing pressures on women to look "beautiful". Despite the vibrant colors, the picture seems very scary to me, with all the excess product conveying a feeling of spiritual and emotional death in a pathological search of superficial and sexist standards of modern beauty. Having a girlfriend myself, I feel a greater need to reaffirm her beautiful soul in spite of the societal and corporeal prejudices at hand.

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