The World of Light exhibit shines in Downtown Los Angeles

World of Light (WOL)

artist: Atsushi

Los Angeles is home to hundreds of Museums and Art Galleries. In downtown alone, you can find the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Geffen Contemporary, and The Broad. Needless to say, when it comes to art, Los Angeles has no shortage of it, and in a nondescript high-rise building right off of the freeway, you’ll find a new exhibit called World of Light (WOL).

WOL is an art exhibit that is more than showcasing handcrafted sculptures and colors on canvas. It’s an exhibit that presents the imagination and creativity of an artist through the use of light and technology. The pieces that are installed at WOL come from artists all over the world, such as Japan, Amsterdam, New York, and even Los Angeles.

The space that WOL uses is an unconventional one, as it’s located on the 11th floor of a high-rise building that was once home to a stock exchange. But yet the space is perfect to house the myriad of art pieces, where some of them are vast in size. WOL opens up to the public early, but if you really want to get the full effect of the pieces, then you’ll want to visit after the sun sets. At this point, you’ll be able to fully engross yourself in the grandiose light show that will be placed right before you.

There’s no piece that stands out from the others, as each piece is unique in its own perspective. Japanese artist Chika opens up the exhibit with a simple yet beautifully crafted design that is a series of illuminated nablas (inverted triangle) which lights up the entire room in a bluish hue. Further on, her other piece spans more than 20-feet in height and encourages visitors to interact with it. A lot of the artwork inside WOL seem easy and uncomplicated but has that layer of technical difficulty that makes you appreciate the piece that you’re viewing. Examples include the 3D-ish pentagon by Deep Light Labs that replicates an infinity room and the multimedia piece by Noctvrnal that changes and evolves once the sound is introduced.

The rise of social media has changed the way some value art. It’s not so much about appreciation but more of “How many likes can this picture get?” But World of Light has found the balance of both. On one hand, it’s the perfect place for Instagrammers to go to and get a photo op, and on the other, it’s a place where you can sit back, relax, and immerse yourself in the creativity and engineering prowess of the artist. Walking through the exhibit and seeing these elaborate pieces, you begin to get an idea of the challenges each artist must have faced as they were creating their works of art. And the World of Light has given this level of artistry an ideal foundation for these several artists to truly shine. 

artist: Kesson

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