yayoi state of mind


There are three things in New York I would have given anything to see—Simon and Garfunkel’s Concert in Central Park, Andy Warhol’s first solo exhibition, and Yayoi Kusama’s I Who Have Arrived in Heaven show at the David Zwirner Gallery. Though I wasn’t yet alive for the first two, the latter ended only last year amidst rave reviews and Instagram selfies, mostly concerning Kusama’s latest mirrored infinity room.

The room, titled The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, glitters like a universe of its own. With reflective walls and floors, it is shrouded in darkness save for hundreds of twinkling lights. The installation comes face to face with death and the cosmos and the unknown and infinity. The lights seem endless, and in this art environment the concept seems visually ubiquitous and reasonable but is in truth vast and incomprehensible. It is so much of everything that it becomes nothing—for how can you possibly fathom infinity?

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