Yayoi Kusama creates infinite installations
Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist and writer known for bright colors and repetitive patterns which are a trademark of her paintings, collages, installations, sculptures, performances. Over the years she has contributed to the movements of pop art and minimalism, which have affected the formation of such artists as Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Yoko Ono, Donald Judd and others.
Her works are exhibited in the Victoria Miro museum in London, where Yaoi has created a number of installations called “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins”, “Chandelier of Grief”, “Where the Lights in My Heart Go”. Along with these projects, the artist also displays some of her paintings.
“All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins” is considered one of the strongest projects of Yayoi. The unique installation is displayed in one of the three mirror rooms. Powerful in their hallucinogenic way, the works create an illusion and after you enter it seems as if you have stepped into a magical fairytale full of patterns, colors and surrealism. The neon orange glowing pumpkins of varying sizes reflect in the surrounding of the mirrors and create this endless glowing field illusion and infinity. The mirrors also replicate the viewer and that is an interesting attraction.
“Where the Lights in My Heart Go”is installed in Victoria Miro’s waterside garden. In this installation, light is being filtered through small holes of a stainless steel mirrored box. The reflections of the mirrors create an impression as if everything is a dream.
All her works create a curious emotional feeling along with a desire to know what is behind them. A group of the polished bronze pumpkin sculptures which are shown in the exhibition room represent the minimalistic side of the artists’ style. Perfectly shaped and created sculptures become a significant element of the exhibition.
The exhibition will be held until the 30 th of July 2016 in at the London’s Victoria Miro and Victoria Miro Mayfair galleries.
Photography: courtesy of KUSAMA enterprise, Ota Fine art Tokyo / Singapore, Victoria Miro, London