Propagating Room by Yayoi Kusama, Osaka
At the risk of sounding predictable weï¿½re a bit dotty about Yayoi Kusamaï¿½s latest creation ï¿½ an installation of her trademark spots in Comme des Garconsï¿½ new concept space, Six, designed by Rei Kawakubo, on the second floor of Commeï¿½s store in Osaka.
Kusamaï¿½s work is disarmingly simple and charming, principally because of its simplicity, creating and transforming environments with a blanket of polka dots. She cropped up in Londonï¿½s Hayward gallery exhibition, Walking in My Mind, earlier in the summer, where she covered a room and a series of objects in a cartoonish toadstool pattern of red background and white spots.
Her work for Six is equally fantastical though a little more sophisticated. In a darkened room she has created a series of coloured dots, projecting over all the furniture and people who inhabit it, encompassing everything that inhabits it in a continuous form of performance art. To kick start proceedings, a dinner was held amongst the bright spots on the opening night. In another room she has hung some of her recent seminal canvases, with a mirror that distorts and reflects as you move along the gallery space.
Six, named after Commeï¿½s magazine published between 1991-1998, will host different experiential exhibitions every few months, the next scheduled for November. Taking the symbolic connotations of the number 6 as its lead, as a number implying intuition or flair, the space is not intended as just a regular gallery space, but more of an environment in which artists can express the scope of their entire creative vision.