The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away

Yayoi Kusama. Wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system, acrylic balls, and water.

I was so afraid I’d never get to see this work because the wait line books up incredibly fast. I got lucky, plain and simple. People recommend that if you don’t have advance tickets to the Broad you should show up to the standby admission line an hour and a half before the museum opens. I didn’t make it to LA until 15 minutes to opening. With the most amazing chance, my friends (we were actually out for one of their birthdays) and I made it into the museum within an hour. By the time we signed up for the admission into the Kusama the wait time estimate was about 6 hours (it ended up being about 4).

Art is in the experience. This is something that holds so incredibly true for Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room at the Broad. I had seen so many pictures of this, but none of them compared to seeing it in person. A lot of art is like that I think, but this one. God this one. The work itself is a mirror lined chamber with a colored LED lightbulbs hanging at different lengths from the ceiling (some of them are low enough to touch), in which the viewer stands on a small platform which is surrounded by a pool of water. The lights flicker soft to bright and on and off on a timed interval.

Kusama reflects that the mirrored spaces in her prolific body of work expresses the interior of her mental state. In the work, the viewer is transported into the vivid and simultaneously distorted and enhanced hallucinations the artist suffers from as a result of mental illness.

Check out my instagram for a video of this amazing piece.



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