Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, a traveling exhibition is currently on display at the AGO and I was lucky enough to snag a ticket to the show and join the crowds of people attempting to get the best photo of Kusama’s work.
The six Infinity Rooms are intertwined with Kusama’s paintings, sculptures and photos sharing her journey as an artist. While the lines for the Infinity Rooms are long, there is plenty to take in while waiting. Kusama’s path to becoming the prolific artists she is today began when living in New York City from 1958 to 1973. She started working with her signature dot motif in paintings and sculptures. Her first Infinity Room was built in 1965 explores her fear of sex, featuring phallic shaped forms. Each of the other five rooms on display showcase immersive and dramatic lighting that transport you to an entirely new place. The simplicity of a room full of mirrors and lighting creates an immersive and stunning environment. While you are only given 20 seconds in each room, the vastness of the experience is spectacular.
Yayoi Kusama turned 89 last month and she is still making work everyday. Her dedication and discipline is almost unheard of and this show features only a small number of her captivating and inspiring works.