I have not forgiven myself for not finding the time to see the ‘Rain Room’ exhibit this past summer, and so i made sure not to repeat the same mistake with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who’s installation is currently showing at the David Zwirner gallery. The full exhibition is called I Who Have Arrived In Heaven and highlights three of the artist work: Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, Love Is Calling, and 27 large scale paintings.
The exhibition spans the full length of the gallery and its free to the public. I went some two weeks ago not quite prepared for the line i encountered and with little time on my hand. This meant i only had time for one exhibit and the Infinity Mirrored Room was out of the question. Thankfully i managed to experience Love Is Calling.
With Love Is Calling the artist created a box-like mirrored room with colorful inflatable tentacles covered in polka dots. It’s sensory overload once you step inside. You are instantly distracted by the pretty interchanging colors, the sound of the artist reciting a japanese love poem, and all the while resisting the temptation to reach out touch. It was beautiful.
I made several attempts to see the Infinity Mirrored Room but each time i was deterred by the long lines. However yesterday and although a little under weather, i made my way back to the gallery determined to be successful. And i was. *fist pump*
The Infinity Mirrored Room is pure magic. You take a few steps onto a short platform surrounded by a shallow pool of water and you are immediately lost amongst hundreds of suspended multicolored lights. For 45 seconds you are lost in a world of infinite colorful lights. For 45 seconds you are transported to place of complete awe and happiness. You can not help but smile.
The exhibition will showing through December 21, 2013. Be prepared for long long lines. Be prepared for a long wait. I waiting two hour yesterday and an additional 15 minutes once inside but don’t let that deter you. It’s worth the time you invest to see this exhibit. My recommendation is to get to the gallery before ten. The line for the Mirrored Room cuts at about 2pm. Don’t miss it and good luck.