It took the likes of Louis Vuitton to launch Yayoi Kusama into the spotlight, which makes me both loathe and love big brands – love them for raising awareness, loathe them for turning art into yet another massed produced commercial venture to be splashed all over their range of leather products and sold to unsuspecting buyers at exorbitant prices.
Can’t buy the art? Nevermind! Buy a polka dotted key chain instead!*
Whatever it is, there are huge benefits to the amount of international attention she’s suddenly garnered (seemingly overnight), because it has birthed yet another brilliant exhibition, or should I say, collaboration, by the artist and her littlest patrons.
The Obliteration Room at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art is, by far, my favourite interactive installation yet. If you’ve ever lived in fear of your home being invaded by an army of little kids armed to the teeth with an endless supply of brightly coloured stickers/pens/markers, well banish the thought, because look at what an incredible piece they’ve created!
Yayoi Kusama constructed a large domestic environment, painting every wall, chair, table, piano, and household decoration a brilliant white, effectively serving as a giant white canvas. Over the course of two weeks, the museum’s smallest visitors were given thousands upon thousands of colored dot stickers and were invited to collaborate in the transformation of the space, turning the house into a vibrantly mottled explosion of color.
Original article via This Is Colossal
And before you start complaining about how the cool things never end up on our sunny shores, let me just take a moment to remind you that Yayoi has shown here! She, quite literally, paraded down Orchard Road in the most blatantly obvious way, during the 2006 Biennale (you can’t have missed it, the trees all along Orchard Road were turned a rather spectacular shade of red with bright white polka dots. Ring a bell?)
And in case you think I’m hating on mass produced commercial culture, I’m not. In fact, I’d love to have the polka dotted scarf… if only I could bear to part with that much money on.. well.. a scarf.
Maybe I’ll get some stickers and get busy with the one white wall in my room, I’d even be able to enlist the help of Emma and Ally – it would make a great summertime activity for those two munchkins who’ll be back super duper soon!
There is also a very cool youtube video of all the action on This Is Colossal.
Via This Is Colossal.