I have personally never been to a show as big as this one was. There had to have been hundreds of people there spread out over the entire expanse of the VMFA campus. I made the observation that art like this is much more appealing to the general public rather than, for example, Renaissance art because it is colorful and fun to look at and interact with. Although this is how many of the pieces appeared at first, a lot of them had meanings that touched on some delicate topics. One of the pictures I have included in this post is of a piece that represents human trafficking, which not everyone understood. Sometimes the appearance of the work overshadowed the underlying meaning of theme of it.
I'm curious to see what each of the artists would say about their work. Some of the pieces were nonobjective but like I mentioned before, some had specific meaning. The artists were all connected by one theme, light, but each one succeeded in creating a work that looked nothing like the others. To the eye all of the pieces "went together" but light was just a loose guideline that strung them together despite how different they really were. If anything, I'd like to ask how they were able to put up and take down the pieces so quickly and where the pieces will go now. This exhibit was amazing and I will definitely try and go next year.