Yayoi Kusama is one of the most influential artist of our contemporary times. She originates from Japan, however as a young adult moves to New York to pursue her dream and escape her demanding, cruel parents. Painting, sculpture, installation, performance, film, fashion, poetry and fiction – all have been part of her creative exploration.
Moreover, she is prolific, innovative and extraordinary in all of the above mentioned fields. Her 65-years long career often influenced by biographic events and traumatic childhood experiences had its peak when Kusama created – Infinity Mirror Rooms.
The Infinity Mirror Rooms is installation like no other. It is not a piece of art, but experience of art. Each room filled with repetitive mirrors transcends time and space and invites us into Kusama’s private world. This kaleidoscopic, limitless environment is a looking glass into artist’s soul; we witness Kusama’s memories, passions and obsessions as a little girl, we also learn about mature Kusama’s worldviews and beliefs, as well as hopes and dreams.
The six rooms which are part of the infinity-rooms tour displayed in various cities in North America are titled: Phalli’s field (1965), Love Forever (1966 -1994), The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away (2013), Dots Obsession – Love Transformed into Dots (2007), Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity (2009), All the Eternal Love I Have for Pumpkins (2016). Each rooms is a novel story waiting to unravel, yet all of them disclose Kusama’s imaginative approach to art, her open-minded nature and sublime talent.
The viewer becomes subject by opening a door in a gallery. All visitors are encouraged to take photos even videos and post them on social media. This way they too become part of something limitless, part of mysterious, wide net…
This immersive tour started in 2017, and is scheduled to finish in 2019. The last exhibit opening was on 9th of July in Cleveland (until 30 September, 2018). While days for public display are limited Kusama’s artworks and especially her infinity rooms would echo through eternity.