“Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos” – Yayoi Kusama
Yesterday I visited the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibition at the AGO. It was an incredibly unique and memorable experience, and well worth standing in line for. The illusions of infinite are jaw-dropping and I love how each room places you, the viewer, into the artwork, making you a part of Kusama’s spaces. There are six infinite rooms, of which you are allowed to photograph five (the 6th was Kusama’s newest room “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins”) plus an interactive room and a bonus room.
I took my compact 50mm – unfortunately, the wrong the lens for the job, as a wide-angle lens would have been much better suited for capturing the illusion of vastness. But, I think I was successful in capturing the wonderful variety of shapes, colours and textures that Kusama created. You can click on the images to enlarge them for a closer look.
Room #1: Phalli’s Field
This room consisted of pink, polka-dotted, phallic-shaped, stuffed fabric tubes. Two photos are from inside the room, and the third is of an installation placed nearby:
Room #2: Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity
Featuring glowing lights, this was my favourite room of them all!
Room #3: Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots
This was a room within a room. The large gallery space filled with giant inflatable pink polka-dotted balls. Inside the largest ball was the infinite room, shown in the first photo. One of the balls had a mini infinite room that could be viewed through a peephole and produced a really cool illusion:
Room #4: Love Forever
This was the only room that you couldn’t enter, only look into through a viewing window. It consisted of flashing, changing multi-coloured lights:
Room #5: The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away
This room was filled with pulsating coloured lights and was reminiscent of galaxies and cities lights. My shutter speed was too slow, but I captured some wonderful bokeh:
My Eternal Soul Paintings and Sculptures
This gallery space was filled with vibrant and wacky sculptures paired with exuberant paintings:
The final stop in the exhibition is a room that includes full-size furniture all in white. Your instructions upon entering are to place all the stickers on your sheet somewhere in the room:
Bonus Room: Narcissus Garden
This bonus room isn’t part of the exhibition but is included with general admission and features a sea of reflective metal balls:
These are some of artworks spaced out in between the infinite rooms (some are rotated to fit in my image gallery):