Yayoi Kusama, I Who Have Arrived In Heaven

New York City has been buzzing about Yayoi Kusamas latest exhibition, I Who Have Arrived In Heaven for weeks. I have had the past two days off from school and work so I knew that before going home for the holiday I had to use this time to go see what is the biggest art installation of the fall.

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It was cold, really cold, and rainy. Thankfully I was in line with a fine young gentleman who went to get hot coffee for us and waited in line outside while I thawed out inside the gallery. After over a two hour wait, we were next. One by one each person enters the Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away for about a minute. When the door shuts behind you, you are completely enclosed by mirrors, and sparkly lights, and you are standing on a tiny platform surrounded by water. It is surreal.

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We then entered the second installation, Love Is Calling, a dark, mirrored room illuminated by inflatable tentacle-like forms. Not only is this a visual experience, but an auditory one, too. A recording of Kusama reciting a love poem in Japanese is continuously playing in the background.

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The exhibition will be showing from now until December 21, 2013 at the David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea. Expect long lines, bring a friend to keep you company, play I Spy until you can’t anymore, and expect to have an amazing experience.

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