An Infinity of Lights

Yayoi Kusama, Fireflies on the Water (2002). Mirror, plexiglass, 150 lights and water.
Yayoi Kusama’s:
Fireflies on the Water
Jun 13–Oct 28, 2012, Whitney Museum of American Art

The adorable, polka-dot-obsessed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (she dreams about them, wears them, paints them and constructs them!) is having her first major survey of her work in Southeast Asia. The exhibition, Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow, at the National Gallery of Singapore, consists of paintings, sculptures, videos and installations from the 1950s to the present, including works never shown before, and the main photogenic attraction, an Infinity Mirrored Room – Gleaming Lights of the Souls (2008). The installation consists of a single space, four by four meters, with the walls and ceilings covered with mirrors; the floor is a reflecting pool; and you stand in the middle of the water on a platform. Once the door closes behind you, it’s like you’re suspended in outer space. An infinity of lights surrounds you. The installation reflects Kusama’s love of unnerving darkness and fascination for infinite space.

Gleaming Lights of the Souls (2008, Infinity Mirrored Room)
Gleaming Lights of the Souls (2008, Infinity Mirrored Room)

We wondered what it takes to construct an infinity mirrored room. In 2012, photographers Marvin Orellana and Gabrielle Plucknette from The New Work Times documented the process of putting together the Fireflies on the Water at the Whitney Museum.

Yayoi Kusama’s:
Fireflies on the Water
Jun 13–Oct 28, 2012, Whitney Museum of American Art
Yayoi Kusama’s:
Fireflies on the Water
Jun 13–Oct 28, 2012, Whitney Museum of American Art
Yayoi Kusama’s:
Fireflies on the Water
Jun 13–Oct 28, 2012, Whitney Museum of American Art
Yayoi Kusama’s:
Fireflies on the Water
Jun 13–Oct 28, 2012, Whitney Museum of American Art
Yayoi Kusama’s:
Fireflies on the Water
Jun 13–Oct 28, 2012, Whitney Museum of American Art
Yayoi Kusama’s:
Fireflies on the Water
Jun 13–Oct 28, 2012, Whitney Museum of American Art
Yayoi Kusama’s:
Fireflies on the Water
Jun 13–Oct 28, 2012, Whitney Museum of American Art
Yayoi Kusama’s:
Fireflies on the Water
Jun 13–Oct 28, 2012, Whitney Museum of American Art

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