Experiencing Yayoi Kusama’s work. #Spots & #Colours
I love seeing and experiencing Yayoi Kusama’s work. It makes me smile and it is a real experience that really involves your senses when walking through her installations.
I loved reading this weeks huffpost piece on Kusama’s work and why you should definitely take a selfie in Kusama’s installations, as you do just have to, as you can see from my photos from 2012! Her infinity mirrored rooms are a incredible experience to walk through. I hunted out the photos I took that day to share with you.
About Yayoi Kusama.
Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist and writer. She works in a wide variety of media including painting, collage, sculpture, performance art and installations. She was born in March 1929 in Matsumoto, Nagano.
Known for her contemporary art, Pop art, Feminist Art and Minimalism. Most of which exhibit are based on her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern.
Kusama on Polka Dots and Selfies.
Taken form the huffpost article linked above –
“Polka dots symbolize disease,” Kusama said in an interview with BOMB; like a virus, the dots spread over everything in their midst. The notion of Internet virality, then, logically follows, with images of polka-dotted selfies spreading like polka dots themselves over the infinite expanse of the internet. There’s really no use for a single selfie. Even in the backlog of an iPhone they usually exist in clusters, with perhaps one gem amongst the stream of attempts, the best of which may make it to social media where it can truly spread its wings.
“If there’s a cat, I obliterate it by putting polka dot stickers on it,” Kusama told Index Magazine in 1996. “I obliterate a horse by putting polka dot stickers on it. And I obliterated myself by putting the same polka dot stickers on myself.” In her aptly titled “The Obliteration Room,” Kusama invites participants to join in, placing rainbow stickers all over a pristine white room until the sterile space is swarming with rainbow spots, a surreal case of the chicken pox. Put a sticker on your face and you too become part of the infected space. Take a selfie, upload it, and watch the image spread through screens and feeds like a hungry polka dot itself.
Current Kusama exhibitions.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art until January 24th 2016 – six decades of her work being exhibited. Great piece by Dezeen on this exhibition – would love to go and see it!
The Place of my Soul – Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Nagano in Japan until June 2016.