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Dot to dots...


Posted by Mark Sinclair, 3 January 2012, 14:41    Permalink    Comments (16)

'I leave you alone for one second...' Photo by Stuart Addelsee

Visitors to the Children's Art Centre at Queensland Art Gallery in Australia are handed coloured stickers as they enter one part of Yayoi Kusama's current show and invited to 'obliterate' a previously pristine white room...

The room, shown top, prior to the sticker onslaught (the piano is on the right)

The Obliteration Room revisits a project Kusama created for the gallery's Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in 2002, where she was one of three senior artists, along with Nam June Paik and Lee Ufan, to exhibit works.

Midway through the obliteration

The recreated all-white living room is just one part of Kusama's exhibition Look Now, See Forever and, since opening in late November, the space has gradually filled with thousands of coloured dots. Kusuma has been producing interactive pieces since the 1960s, often using the human body in her performance pieces.

Detail of image shown, top, by Stuart Addelsee

For more information on the Obliteration Room project, go here. An interactive game for children, Kusama's World of Dots, is also online, here.

Look Now, See Forever, is on at Queensland Art Gallery until March 11. See Tate Modern in London is also set to stage an exhibition of her work in February this year. More at

Via; additional imagery at the Colossal blog.



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AMAZING! love this, great interactive piece.
Dave - Web Design Essex
2012-01-04 08:52:38

So simple, yet absolutely beautiful.
2012-01-04 09:45:04

chris taylor
2012-01-04 10:03:20

Wow thats amazing.
2012-01-04 10:48:31

Absolutely stunning. So much fun.
2012-01-04 17:52:42

Very simple idea that becomes hypnotizing if you stare at it for too long!
2012-01-05 09:36:28

So playful! and looks brilliant!
2012-01-05 11:33:05

I do hope someone took stop-frame images of it coming into being, would be great to see that.
2012-01-05 12:13:29

Ooooh I love a simple idea, and this is just beautiful, born from children's love of stickers. My daughter was adamant that she wanted red dot stickers in a stationery shop the other day, no Christmas, fairy or animal ones, just red spots.

Kids also seem to love putting them on top of each other, as these do, and the mix of colours almost looks fixed. Here's hoping a similar installation makes it to Tate Modern.
Pink Blue & You
2012-01-05 14:28:45

What's the point? Seriously.
2012-01-05 15:07:50

This is awesome! Why does there have to be a point? If there does, then I think it is to experiment and see what an extreme transformation can occur from a very simple idea. Or to simply try and get kids involved and away from their usual electronic distractions. Simple ideas combined with experimentation often lead to great results.
2012-01-06 15:47:59

2012-01-06 17:18:03

Jim - if you really don't know, then what's the point of you?
2012-01-10 15:28:05

brilliant !!
h hughes
2012-02-02 16:29:41

We went to it (and the kids added to it) last weekend. It's fantastic, as is her other work at GoMA at the moment - couple of pics on my photo blog here: (and plenty more to come!)
2012-02-24 11:15:19

here are the rest of "The Obliteration Room" pics: - and a snapshot of the much larger Yayoi Kusama exhibit.
2012-02-27 12:25:14

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