Keerthiga Vijayapalan, Alyssa Alibaksh | The Avro Post
Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors has taken over Toronto during its first and only Canadian stop.
Yayoi Kusama has been creating art for over 70 years. Born in Japan in 1929, she grew up studying traditional Japanese art.
Before moving to America in 1957, Kusama burned almost 1,000 of her artworks.
Her first piece for Infinity Mirror was ‘Phalli’s Field’ in 1965, a room of phallic shaped polka dot fabric, a mean through which Kusama would challenge her fear of sexuality.
she went on the create several new rooms through which she could portray her message to the world.
The exhibit opened at the Art Gallery of Ontario in March and will be taking place in the city until May 27th.
Advertising for the show can be seen in the streets of Toronto in the months leading up to the show, as Kusama’s polka dot motifs take over the TTC subways and street cars
Tickets opened online to the public in early January selling for $30 for adults, $26.50 for seniors, and $21.50 for students. Over 50,000 queued up each day for a chance at experiencing the highly reviewed exhibit.
Kusama’s art has been trending on social media as celebrities such as Kourtney Kardashian take to Instagram to share their experience.
Due to the popularity the Infinity Mirrors in Toronto, the AGO has created a system to ensure every guest is able to experience the whole exhibit.
Each guest starts at Kusama’s first piece the ‘Phalli’s Field,’ there are lines you must wait in as there is a group and time limit to each mirrored room.
The lines do move quickly, and if you are going to the exhibit alone, you can join the express lines.
Groups of two to three are able to enter the room, and are given 20-30 seconds in each room.
As you wait in the line, there are information stands and that give a little more insight on the art piece as well as on Kusama herself.
Most rooms have a single platform, which with a group of three can get a little crowded. AGO employees and volunteers will give your group a five second warning when your time is almost up.
As you walk through the exhibit each room flows into the next, with smaller rooms in which the walls display the smaller canvas pieces created by Kusama.
The most recognizable room, ‘The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away,’ features LED lights hanging from the ceiling creating the illusion of infinite lights.
The final rooms offer a very different view as guests are welcomed to sit before Kusama’s abstract sculptures.
Before exiting guests are given a pad of polka dot stickers and asked to add to ‘The Obliteration Room.’ A white room covered in accumulating stickers, giving guests their chance to add to the art.
The exhibit may have some long lines, but each room offers a surreal beauty that you truly can’t get anywhere else. Kusama has created a once in a lifetime experience and it comes highly recommended.
The next and last chance to buy tickets will be 10 a.m. on March 27. So get your tickets, if not for the art, then for the gram!
Image of Yayoi Kusama from The AGO.
Images of exhibit from Keerthiga Vijayapalan/Alyssa Alibaksh, The Avro Post