Artist Spotlight: Yayoi Kusama

Simple. Effective. Creative. Colourful. Amazing. Five words I would use to describe the result of this art installation from artist Yayoi Kusama. Currently featured at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, it will be there until March 11.


Last month at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama held a major solo exhibition. Within this particular exhibition, there was an (art) installation which celebrated the life of colour which collaborated with children of all ages to cover an entire blank canvas of colourful dots.

In a surprisingly simple yet ridiculously amazing idea, Kusama has constructed a large domestic environment, painting every wall, chair, table, piano, and household decoration a brilliant bright white, effectively serving as a giant white canvas.

Over the course of two weeks, the museum’s smallest (and possibly youngest) visitors were given thousands upon thousands of coloured dot stickers and were invited to collaborate in the transformation of the space, turning the location into a vibrant and effective explosion of colour.

How fantastic is this? Check out the ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures.

The installation, entitled ‘The Obliteration Room’, is part of Kusama’s “Look Now, See Forever” exhibition that runs through until March 11.

‘Look Now, See Forever’, a major solo exhibition featuring new and recent work by Kusama, at the Gallery of Modern Art from 19 November 2011 to 11 March 2012, builds on the Queensland Art Gallery’s long-term engagement with the artist. Her vibrant, consistently surprising work continues to captivate audiences around the world, and this exhibition – featuring many works presented for the first time in Australia – allows visitors an insight into current strands of Kusama’s highly respected oeuvre. The exhibition is also one of many special programs marking the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA).

Road trip to Queensland, anyone?