Dots not dotcoms | Art profile

In the dot dimension at La Maison de la Culture du Japon
courtesy of Consortium / A. Morin
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by Sandra Kwock-Silve

Yakoi Kusama
Dots not dotcoms

Yayoi Kusama is obsessed by dots. Red dots, green dots, large or small polka-dots...These dots are the key to her philosophy concerning the meaning of life and the inspiration of her art.
Since experiencing a childhood hallucinatory vision at age ten, Kusama has lived in a world composed of dots. She was impressed by the chance optical effect produced by concentrating her gaze for a long moment at the red flowers on a tablecloth; and then raising her eyes and continuing to see the optical illusion of red spots projected around her on the walls and ceiling of the room.
For kusama these early experiences opened a door that forever changed her perception of reality. Whether she could see them or not she was aware that the dots were always there: just below the surface of daily reality.
Via her monumental installations, Kusama attempts to convey the full impact of her vision to others. Yasuma’s situation pieces and happenings were an important influence on the New York art scene of the ‘60s... Even Andy Warhol’s events seem pale by comparison.
Entering the ten spaces designed by the artist at the Maison de la culture du Japon, one steps into another dimension... Sometimes whimsical, often strange, Kusama’s reality is always interesting. A mind-altering experience? Maybe. But without the psychedelic drugs.
To May 19, Tue-Sat, noon to 7pm, Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris, 101 bis quai Branly, 15e, M° Bir-Hakeim, tel. 01 44 37 95 01, 30F

One of Yayoi Kusama's ten spaces at La Maison de la Culture du Japon
courtesy of Consortium / A. Morin