I was able to visit the University of Texas at Arlington Art Museum
on campus. I have walked through this gallery before, but never truly stopped to give the art a chance. I have never really enjoyed art to see the least, and I have trouble understanding what the artist is trying to say. I was surprised to find that there was actually a special exhibition going on while I visited called, The Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition. It was interested to see pieces done by master’s students that were done at UTA. One of the artist’s featured was Josh Dryk, who had the piece I was most intrigued with. Looking at it, I didn’t even realize it was considered art. I just had a preconceived idea that most pieces were either sculptures or paintings, but this was more different then anything I had seen before. It was a darker room with a circle of small figurines in the middle. There were different objects in the circle such as a woman and small bird. Looking at them at first glance, you can barely tell what they are because they are so small. There is a light on all of the objects so they all end up reflecting onto the wall as large shadows. It was amazing and beautiful! The shapes of the objects came to life, and you could see more about the object that you couldn’t see before.
This visit to the exhibit made me see the similarities between the piece we read called, “Like Mexicans” and the artwork represented in this exhibit I was standing before. The theme of “Like Mexicans” was that you couldn’t judge someone by their race, because they are not always what they seem. The main character is taught to believe that a Japanese girl must be wealthier than him just because of her race alone. He learns in the end that this isn’t true, and she wasn’t wealthy. This made him realize that we are all more similar than we are different. Taking one’s race into account to establish beliefs about a person inaccurately give us an idea about them that is not true. This art piece by Josh Dryk seemed to establish the same idea. When first looking at the objects they are small, and barely seen. We establish them as not important and might judge them by their small size and tiny details that can’t be seen. When investigated further, viewing the enlarged images of the objects change our perceptions about what we believed to be true about them at first.
In the end, this piece of art, and “Like Mexicans”, can serve as a reminder that we are all more than we seem, regardless of size, race, background, and other characteristics we might be known for. It is important to remember these lessons in order to move to a more unified society! I attached an article that talks about a book, written by psychologist Alex Lickerman, that teaches us how we can teach our brain to bypass biases we may see in others based on their looks.