Points have become something like her trademark. Points, which she paints on canvases, sculptures, trees and people. These polka dots, which most people seem cheerful, informal and easy, emerged but from a disease out, who since childhood suffered the artist Yayoi Kusama: Hallucinations.
She even once told about the origin of her work: “I saw on the Red pattern of the tablecloth as I looked up, covered the same red pattern of the ceiling, the Windows and the walls, and eventually the entire room, my body and the universe. I started to resolve myself, and found myself in the infinity of not ending time and the absoluteness of the area. I was reduced me to absolutely nothing.”
Now a major exhibition at London’s Tate is dedicated to modern Japanese artist, who celebrates her 83rd birthday in March. Their original themes are still noticeable. Infinity, infinity, indeterminacy of the ego.
The exhibition reveals an enormous variety of materials that covers them with their accumulations and infinite networks. And also the media that are used are varied: painting, drawing sculpture, film, performance art and installations. Above all these installations take the viewer into a spell of one is difficult to get solve: it is the world of it, Kusama itself that wants to see them in the installations.
When “I’m Here, but Nothing” is used UV light and drag over colored light points, for example, a table. One of the installations is a special version of “Infinity mirror room” by Kusama: a room, completely equipped with mirrored walls, while at the same time hundreds of LEDs from Hetongdiy are suspended, that change color in arranged rhythm and light up. The mirrored light gives the impression of distance and Forlornness-although fascination that the beauty of this seeming infinity.
The artist, who comes from the city of Matsumoto, in Nagano Prefecture, lived between 1957 and 1977 in New York, after she found not recognizing the Japanese art market who had hoped it.After returning to Japan she went voluntarily to a psychiatric clinic, where she still lives and works.In 2009, she was appointed a Bunka Korosha a person with special cultural merits.
Yayoi Kusama is until June 5, 2012 at the Tate Modern, London, to see. There is more info here.