Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

YAYOI KUSAMA: INFINITY MIRRORS


All images from Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, in Washington, DC.

Photography by Christopher Cain & Tasha James

Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli's Field, 1965/2016, Stuffed cotton, board, and mirrors.

Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli's Field, 1965/2016, Stuffed cotton, board, and mirrors.

Selfie with Moonrise District, Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli's Field, 1965/2016, Stuffed cotton, board, and mirrors.

Selfie with Moonrise District, Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli's Field, 1965/2016, Stuffed cotton, board, and mirrors.

Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity.

–Yayoi Kusama

Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli's Field, 1965/2016, Stuffed cotton, board, and mirrors.

Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli's Field, 1965/2016, Stuffed cotton, board, and mirrors.

'I feel like I'm deep inside of someone's mind,' is all I could say, or think, during my Infinity Mirrors experience. 

This was unlike any art exhibit I had ever been to, in that, I have never felt so completely immersed in someone's thoughts or feelings before. The pieces manage to engulf you, pulling you in closer to inspect each intricate detail, and flooding your peripherals with texture, color, shapes, and dimension to the point that much of what is happening around you becomes entirely blocked out.

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Even though the pieces speak directly to Kusama's own explorations of sex, love, life, and death, there is still room for you to see yourself reflected (literally) in her work, which makes it all the more interesting and personal—everyone is going to experience this show differently. 

One thing that is for sure, you won't leave this exhibit without feeling something: joy, sadness, inspiration, whatever it is, she will pull it out of you with this incredible body of work.

Standing in front of Infinity Nets Yellow, 1960, Oil on canvas

Standing in front of Infinity Nets Yellow, 1960, Oil on canvas

Ennui, 1976, Sewn and stuffed fabric with silver paint and shoes

Ennui, 1976, Sewn and stuffed fabric with silver paint and shoes

Arm Chair, 1963, Acrylic on chair, shoes, and sewn and stuffed cloth pouches

Arm Chair, 1963, Acrylic on chair, shoes, and sewn and stuffed cloth pouches

Flowers – Overcoat, 1964, Cloth overcoat, plastic flowers, metallic paint, and wood hanger

Flowers – Overcoat, 1964, Cloth overcoat, plastic flowers, metallic paint, and wood hanger

Red Stripes, 1965, Stuffed cotton, kapok, and wood

Red Stripes, 1965, Stuffed cotton, kapok, and wood

Life (Repetitive Vision), 1998, Stuffed cotton, urethane, paint, and wood

Life (Repetitive Vision), 1998, Stuffed cotton, urethane, paint, and wood

Life (Repetitive Vision), 1998, Stuffed cotton, urethane, paint, and wood

Life (Repetitive Vision), 1998, Stuffed cotton, urethane, paint, and wood

Peeking inside Infinity Mirrored Room—Love Forever, 1966/94, Wood, mirrors, metal, and lightbulbs

Peeking inside Infinity Mirrored Room—Love Forever, 1966/94, Wood, mirrors, metal, and lightbulbs

Infinity Mirrored Room—Love Forever, 1966/94, Wood, mirrors, metal, and lightbulbs

Infinity Mirrored Room—Love Forever, 1966/94, Wood, mirrors, metal, and lightbulbs

Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots, 2007, installed 2017, Suspended vinyl balloons, large balloon dome with mirror room, peep-in mirror dome, and projected digital video

Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots, 2007, installed 2017, Suspended vinyl balloons, large balloon dome with mirror room, peep-in mirror dome, and

projected digital video

Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots, 2007, installed 2017, Suspended vinyl balloons, large balloon dome with mirror room, peep-in mirror dome, and projected digital video

Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots, 2007, installed 2017, Suspended vinyl balloons, large balloon dome with mirror room, peep-in mirror dome, and

projected digital video

Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots, 2007, installed 2017, Suspended vinyl balloons, large balloon dome with mirror room, peep-in mirror dome, and projected digital video

Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots, 2007, installed 2017, Suspended vinyl balloons, large balloon dome with mirror room, peep-in mirror dome, and

projected digital video

Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots, 2007, installed 2017, Suspended vinyl balloons, large balloon dome with mirror room, peep-in mirror dome, and projected digital video

Dots Obsession—Love Transformed into Dots, 2007, installed 2017, Suspended vinyl balloons, large balloon dome with mirror room, peep-in mirror dome, and

projected digital video

Infinity Mirrored Room – Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, 2009, Wood, mirror, plastic, acrylic, LEDs, and aluminum

Flowers That Bloomed in Heaven, 2015, Acrylic on canvas

Flowers That Bloomed in Heaven, 2015, Acrylic on canvas

Whispering of the Heart, 2015, Acrylic on canvas

Whispering of the Heart, 2015, Acrylic on canvas

I Who Have Taken an Anti-Depressant, 2014, Acrylic on canvas

I Who Have Taken an Anti-Depressant, 2014, Acrylic on canvas

Infinity Mirrored Room – All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016, Wood, mirrors, plastic, acrylic, and LEDs

Infinity Mirrored Room – All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016, Wood, mirrors, plastic, acrylic, and LEDs

Infinity Mirrored Room – All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016, Wood, mirrors, plastic, acrylic, and LEDs

Infinity Mirrored Room – All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016, Wood, mirrors, plastic, acrylic, and LEDs

Infinity Mirrored Room – All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016, Wood, mirrors, plastic, acrylic, and LEDs

Infinity Mirrored Room – All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016, Wood, mirrors, plastic, acrylic, and LEDs

Infinity Mirrored Room – All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016, Wood, mirrors, plastic, acrylic, and LEDs

Infinity Mirrored Room – All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016, Wood, mirrors, plastic, acrylic, and LEDs

Infinity Mirrored Room –The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013, Wood, metal, mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system, and acrylic balls

Infinity Mirrored Room –The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013, Wood, metal, mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system, and acrylic balls

Infinity Mirrored Room –The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013, Wood, metal, mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system, and acrylic balls

Infinity Mirrored Room –The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013, Wood, metal, mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system, and acrylic balls

The Obliteration Room, 2002–present, installed 2017, Furniture, white paint, and dot stickers

The Obliteration Room, 2002–present, installed 2017, Furniture, white paint, and dot stickers

The Obliteration Room, 2002–present, installed 2017, Furniture, white paint, and dot stickers

The Obliteration Room, 2002–present, installed 2017, Furniture, white paint, and dot stickers

The Obliteration Room, 2002–present, installed 2017, Furniture, white paint, and dot stickers

The Obliteration Room, 2002–present, installed 2017, Furniture, white paint, and dot stickers

The Obliteration Room, 2002–present, installed 2017, Furniture, white paint, and dot stickers

The Obliteration Room, 2002–present, installed 2017, Furniture, white paint, and dot stickers

xx,

Tasha

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors can be seen at the Hirshhorn Museum until May 14, 2017. Get your free timed passes here.