Manipulating Space

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama at the Gagosian Gallery

Wow. For a critic to compare an artist’s work to Einstein, that must be a compliment, right? 

Kusama’s work never prompts quite the same reaction twice, and as such, she very literally dismantles Einstein’s famous observation that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

I captured this because it relates to a theme I brought up awhile ago, and that’s critical mass. The ability to put so many things in a room, above, beneath, around that the viewer has a physical reaction. To manipulate space in such a way that makes the viewer feel awe, claustrophobic, freedom, unnerved. The work is so powerful that the viewer just acquiesces. Rarely am I ever really moved physically by art. I see it, I like it, I say wow! I move on. But when you have a physical reaction, it’s something altogether different.


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