If you live in Toronto and you haven’t heard about the Infinity Mirrors Exhibit by world renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, I have to ask if you’ve been living under a rock?! Seriously, it’s all I’ve heard about for weeks.
As a member of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) I’m lucky that I’m able to see previews of major exhibits before they are released to the public. Last year I raved about my experience at the Mystical Landscapes exhibit, so you can only imagine my excitement about being able to experience infinity before the rest of Toronto!
“Guided by her unique vision and unparalleled creativity, critically acclaimed artist Yayoi Kusama has been breaking new ground for more than six decades. In 1993, she became the first woman to have a solo presentation at the Venice Biennale’s Japanese Pavilion, and in 2016, Time magazine named her one of the world’s most influential people.” – AGO website.
Kusama first used the mirror as a multi-reflective device in her Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field in 1965, where she transformed the intense repetition that turned some of her earlier works into an immersive experience.
It’s hard to fully describe this exhibit in words, so instead here are a few of my favourite shots.
Kusama’s Self Obliteration
“Kusama made this 16mm film with American experimental filmmaker Jud Yalkut (1938–2013). In the late 1960s, America was undergoing a massive cultural shift, with the civil rights movement and Vietnam War protests leading to the rise of hippie culture. Kusama embraced the radical peace-and-love sensibilities of the hippies and was inspired to create a series of similarly themed performance works, or Happenings. The film begins in rural upstate New York, with Kusama as its star, and features footage from Happenings in which she paints models with polka dots. It was so popular in art-house film circles that Kusama organized regular screenings and set up a company to sell prints from the film by mail order” – AGO Website
Missed the exhibit? Here’s a sneak peak to enjoy!