I had seen some of Yayoi Kusama’s work when it had been showcased in New York City during the spring of 2015. I’ve always been inspired by her approach to surrealism, minimalism, and pop art. When I heard that the Victoria Miro gallery in London was having an exhibition based on her work, I had to visit. Arriving at the gallery, there were two separate queues to view her artwork. On the second level, there were the familiar pumpkins that Yayoi has become known for. Standing on the nearest queue, it took around ten minutes to reach the first room titled All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins. You are allowed to leave your coats on the floor before you enter the room. The main room had a mirror featuring glow in the dark pumpkins, my girlfriend and I stayed inside for an allowed one minute.
To take a minute and relax, we ventured outside to the garden to sit down and talk about what we just viewed. The garden featured a giant glass box and in the water had several metal balls. The giant glass box was called Where the Lights in My Heart Go. Stepping in the box was another timed event and you have to almost crouch down just to get it. It was pitch black minus several little holes which allowed just a bit of light in. Despite the lack of light and enclosed space, it's very relaxing and peaceful just standing in this entrapment. These rooms weren’t built for a simple selfie. They allowed us to take a moment in our lives and admire the work of an incredible artist.
Location: Victoria Miro Gallery, 16 Wharf Road London N1 7RW
Date: 25 May - 30 July 2016
Time: Tue - Sat 10am - 6pm (last entry 5.30pm)
All images: © Isaiah Carter