Yayoi Kusama – 草間彌生
Yayoi Kusama returns to New York.
In mathematics, a ‘dot product’ or scalar product is an algebraic operation that takes sequences of numbers (usually coordinate vectors), multiplies them and then returns a magnitude in three-dimensional space. In art, a ‘dot product’ is a hallucinatory matrix of loops and dots by badass Yayoi Kusama, the dot obsessive doyennes who hacks your brain’s motor cortex and makes you feel woozy when viewing her insane visuals.
While no gourds or pumpkins are presented, plenty of the artist’s eye-popping signatures are, most notably two Infinity Mirror Rooms. One of them invites viewers to look into a peephole and witness the warping and stretching of space-time, while the other is experienced from within, where stainless steel spheres create the grandiose illusion of infinity through immersive and recursive reflections.
The exhibit also features a sculptural installation from Yayoi’s 2011 Tulip series, presented for the first time in the U.S. The oversized potted flowers are fabricated from fiberglass-reinforced plastic and painted with the same red polka dots as the floor, ceiling and walls, creating an all-enveloping sensory experience that will make you feel like you’re in a morphing matrix and wonderful, beautiful wormhole.
In the third space, large-scale paintings from Yayoi’s My Eternal Soul series have been arranged in a grid on all four walls, centered around new steel sculptures of colorful flowers. A concurrent exhibition has also opened at the gallery’s East 69th Street location, where Infinity Nets paintings from her 1950s series will also be on view. Wow!
Images via Wikimedia Commons + David Zwirner + 弥生
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