With this in mind, we concluded that the most meaningful (and satisfying) result to our users was to group the second and third categories together into a new gene titled “Light as Subject
Into this “Light as Subject” gene we included both abstract Dan Flavin works alongside Robert Longo’s Study for Underwater Lights, 2010
. Although both works look different, they both take light as their subject matter in an specific and visually apparent way. To accompany this new subject matter gene, we created a new medium gene simply titled “Light
,” which captures all works that incorporate such things as LED light, Flame/Fire, Lightbulb, Neon, etc.
In conjunction with these two new genes, we decided against creating a gene that would incorporate works which concern the visual effect of light on the world. It seemed way too broad and in this way less informative as a gene than others might be. However, in the future we may consider again the possibility for having such a gene, especially due to its art-historical significance. We are still keeping track of these artists and artworks for further research.