Yayoi Kusama reconstructed a large domestic environment where the walls and every object contained within them were painted white – then she invited the kids…
For her piece at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art in Australia, The Obliteration Room, the artist Yayoi Kusama reconstructed a large domestic environment where the walls and every object contained within them were painted white.
For a few weeks, children visitors were given thousands of colored dot stickers and were invited to transform the space into a bright explosion of color. Click through the thumbnails below to see how the gallery was transformed:
The exhibit site reads:
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the most significant and influential artists working today. When she was a small girl she started seeing the world through a screen of tiny dots. They covered everything she saw – the walls, ceilings and even her own body. For 40 years she has made paintings, sculptures and photographs using dots to cover surfaces and fill rooms. Kusama calls this process ‘obliteration,’ which means the complete destruction of every trace of something.
…As with many of Kusama’s installations, the work is disarmingly simple in its elemental composition; however, it brilliantly exploits the framework of its presentation. The white room is gradually obliterated over the course of the exhibition, the space changing measurably with the passage of time as the dots accumulate as a result of thousands and thousands of collaborators.