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.
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.
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.
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.