Yayoi Kusama is best known for her polka-dotted sculptures, outfitting gourd-like objects, trees, animals, and whole mirrored rooms with what is now a trademark obsessive patterning. Her hallucinatory visions have traveled around the world, producing what are both whimsical and frightening landscapes of endlessly reproducing space within gallery and museum walls.
In an installation called The Obliteration Room at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Kusama assembled a large domestic interior, fully furnished with a piano, a television set, chairs, tables, sofas, and various other home decorations that were blanketed in a uniform coat of white paint. The space was to become a literal blank canvas for the museum's youngest audience to plaster over with thousands of boldly colored circular stickers. As simple as the concept is, it took no time at all to see an incredibly rich transformation of space. It gets crazier, so !
Over time, the stickers accumulated, building on the walls and spilling over onto furniture, light fixtures, and table settings. The once stark interior was quickly transformed into a surreal environment, overwhelmed with a swarm of dots following no operational logic. Though Kusama's immersive infinities usually capture the vague unease of a living nightmare more than a lucid dream, this latest project appears to ride on the creative whims of children to lighten the mood a little.