Our recent travels to Tokyo, Japan for Electric Daisy Carnival 2017 left us both inspired by Eastern art and culture and motivated with a penchant for pattern and with a new love for Yayoi Kusama.
The Japanese artists signature work is the intricate lattice of paint which covers the surface of negative spaces between individual loops of these all over patterns emerging as delicate polkadots motifs. The patterns have their roots in hallucinations which Yayoi has suffered since her early childhood where the world appears to be covered in proliferating forms. Her work bridges a perfect balance between abstract expressionism and minimalism to create truly captivating works of art loved by millions of people across the globe for the past 65 years.
Her latest exhibition of work, Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors promises to be one of 2017’s most essential art experiences. Visitors across North America have the opportunity to discover six of Kusama’s captivating ‘Infinity Mirror’ rooms alongside a selection of her key works spanning the past two decades.
Her work toys around with the concept of perspective and infinity, with peep-show style rooms that create the illusion of infinite space. Her print and sculpture builds upon dark fears and desires. Her ideas are mirrored by the universe and how the earth and stars do not exist alone but merely accumulate and multiply one another.
A film is currently under production by Heather Lenz documenting Kusama’s life as a young girl growing up in a conservative Japanese family with dreams of becoming a global artist. The tale tells how she escaped Japan during WW2 and rivalled Andy Warhol in New York in the 60’s, to later return home to Japan. They also explore how Yayoi has lived in a mental institution for the past 30 years, whilst amazingly still producing art with her team of assistants just across the road. What a life!