One of the highlights of the Yayoi Kusama exhibition is Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life, Kusama’s latest and largest Infinity Mirror Room to date.
The walls and ceiling of the room are mirrored, and the floor features a shallow pool of water. Visitors walk through the room on a walkway made of mirrored tiles. Hanging from the ceiling are hundreds of small, round LED lights that flash on and off in different colour configurations. The pinpricks of light in the otherwise darkened room appear to reflect endlessly in the mirrors, giving the viewer the experience of being in an apparently endless space, broken only by points of light in the darkness.
The Infinity Mirror Rooms can be seen as the expression of Kusama’s interest in infinite, endless vision, something that can also be seen in the ‘all-over’ quality of her earlier work in painting, sculpture and installation. The nets covering Kusama’s Infinity Net paintings repeat across the surface of the paintings, suggesting an endless lattice. The scale of the largest of these paintings is visible in an offcut measuring almost ten metres wide. Even in the early 1960s when she first exhibited these works Kusama was keen that they should overwhelm the viewer’s visual field.
In a more recent work, I’m Here, but Nothing 2000, fluorescent sticker spots fill an ordinary living room, giving the impression of a world seen through a magical, hallucinatory veil. Likewise, the sewn stuffed appendages on the Accumulation sculptures, and the trailing soft sculpture foliage spilling out of the boxes in Heaven and Earth, are repeated to the extent that the appear to go on forever.