Listening to Art

03.11: Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room—All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins


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Listening to Art, by William Denton.

Volume three, number eleven: Infinity Mirrored Room—All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins by Yayoi Kusama.

Hello, and welcome to Listening to Art. I’m William Denton.

This is the third recording of work by Yayoi Kusama in her Infinity Mirror Room series. In an interview with Melissa Chiu in the exhibition catalogue Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors (p. 166), Kusama, then 86, said about her current work habits:

I still want to find out new things through my work. It’s a spiritual energy that I need. This is how I live—every day until my death I question myself. The process is important because it shows how I feel and think. I am always thinking about the cosmos when I start a painting. It allows for imagination. My inspiration is my view of life and philosophy. They change and develop every day. I keep making art.

This is an installation, made of acrylic pumpkins, LED lighting, black glass, mirrors, wood and metal, 415 cm wide by 293.7 cm high by 415 cm deep.

Now let’s listen to Infinity Mirrored Room—All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins by Yayoi Kusama, recorded at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto, on 20 April 2018.

Waveform of the field recording.

That was Infinity Mirrored Room—All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins by Yayoi Kusama. I hope you enjoyed listening to it as much as I did.

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Bibliography

All web sites accessed as of date of publication.

Chiu, Melissa. “A Universe of Dots: An Interview with Yayoi Kusama.” In Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors, ed. Mika Yoshitake (Washington DC: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 2017), 166–169.

Hirshhorn Museum. “Infinity Mirror Rooms.” Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors. https://hirshhorn.si.edu/kusama/infinity-rooms/.

Wikipedia, s.v. “Yayoi Kusama,” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yayoi_Kusama.