Yayoi Kusama originally from Japan was born in 1929 and is an influential figure in the New York art scene and known world wide for her paintings and performances leading all the way back to the 1960’s.
Over 30 years ago she displayed a painting that was over 30 feet long and almost ten feet high (WOW!) the painting was held at a gallery in New York City.
Kusama has had a very successful career in this industry but it hasn’t been all that easy for the artist as she has struggled with mental illness and has been prone to hallucinations from a very young age, experiencing a futuristic world filled with different colours and shapes. Having said that, this has not stopped Kusama in anyway, having used her hallucinations in her art and exhibitions it’s the result of a futuristic and spectacular point of view and everything that you would want to see in art.
Since my childhood, I have always made works with polka dots. Earth, moon, sun and human beings all represent dots; a single particle among billions.
Kusama floods her paintings and exhibitions with an obsession for dots and futuristic worldly objects growing from the ground, something that you’ve only seen in the movie “Charlie And The Chocolate Factory” where everything you look at makes you feel dizzy. “Since my childhood, I have always made works with polka dots. Earth, moon, sun and human beings all represent dots; a single particle among billions.” Her creations are absolutely amazing and it doesn’t stop there…
Recently Kusama has created yet another exhibition and it is BREATHTAKING!
Welcome to the INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM
A mirror lined chamber with enough LED lights to keep a small town lit is the next piece of art by Yayoi Kusama. The mirrored room has been so popular that only one person at a time can enter and for a period of 60 seconds. Which may not seem not long but definitely enough to experience what Kusama wants people to see, to experience everything from her point of view. The artists takes you to a magical place almost as if you are in space looking through light years.
The exhibition opened on 22nd September and it’s based in The Broad, Los Angeles, California.
If you’d like to take a look at a video of the masterpiece that has been created, then check it out here and float away into space like I did. I wish I lived in LA right now
Also, for more information on the happenings of this exhibition and more on Yayoi Kusama then you can check out THE BROAD website here, as they have now mentioned that more work from Kusama will be coming to the museum from October 2017 – January 2018. EXCITING STUFF!
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Article by Todd Hodson