Tuesday, December 3, 2013

BEAUTY: Installation--Yayoi Kusama

Highly eccentric Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has created two of her famous "Infinity Rooms" for a current display at the David Zwirner Gallery in Manhattan, only through December 21st, 2013! The piece shown here, The Souls Of Millions Of Light Years Away, consists of a small mirrored room strung floor to ceiling with tiny twinkling LEDs, giving the effect of standing in the middle of a galaxy or nebula.

I encountered an installation similar to this many years ago now, at an exhibit of contemporary Japanese art at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (back when it was still in its small space on Van Ness)--one entered the small mirrored room through a doorway shaped like the silhouette of the seated Buddha and stood on a narrow foot bridge over the floor. Inside, the only illumination was a sea of candles on the mirrored surface below, so the illusion was one of an infinity of candles. It was simple yet breathtaking, as I imagine Kusama's installation to be.


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