The North Carolina Museum of Art opened an exhibition like no other on April 7.
“You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences,” which will remain open through July 22, started with an ambitious idea and grew from there.
“We were looking at featuring one or two contemporary artists,” said Linda Dougherty, chief curator and curator of contemporary art for the museum. “Then we thought it would be more interesting to have all 15.”
The 15 installation artists hail from all over the world, from Durham to Japan, and their works are just as wide-ranging. Some of their pieces focus on light, color or sound, while others combine all three elements.
“It’s very different from what you might expect,” Dougherty said. “You are completely surrounded and you often have to interact with the works.”
As an example, Dougherty referenced the work of Yayoi Kusama, an 89-year-old Japanese artist. Her piece, “Light of Life,” uses LED and computer technology to engage viewers in a light show.
In addition to Kusama, the exhibition showcases the work of North Carolinian Heather Gordon. Her work “Cinnabar” greets visitors right as they enter and depicts the chemical reaction of mercury and sulfur.
“I knew I wanted it to be about alchemy,” Gordon said of the piece. “The show is all about transformative experiences.”
As a local artist, Gordon said she felt proud to be a part of the museum’s ambitious undertaking.