Yayoi Kusama: Obliteration Room

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Wendy attended the private opening of Yayoi Kusama’s new interactive sculpture, Obliteration Room, currently on view at David Zwirner gallery. Kusama has many obsessions, among them visions of a dot-covered universe. These hallucinations have both bedeviled and inspired her, serving as source imagery for her paintings, performances and sculpture since the 1960s. Now 86, Kusama has created a tour de force exhibition that includes Obliteration Room, along with paintings and a large-scale gourd sculpture. Participants are handed a sheet of neon dot stickers and encouraged to place them at will on white walls and white-painted objects within the space. Pristine white will eventually be subsumed by a tide of bright color and all evidence of personal gesture or mark-making will be unified within a mass of spots. Kusama’s concept is both joyous and tinged with sorrow – it celebrates the act of communal art-making while obliterating the self. 

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