Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist, presently exhibiting at GOMA - Gallery of Modern Art - in Brisbane. Yayoi Kusama's mesmerising creations and distinctive perspective, persistently expressed across a career of more than sixty years, has assured her a distinguished leading position within the 21st century world of contemporary art.
'Life is the Heart of a Rainbow' is a focused look of Kusama's enormous body of work since the 1950's, exploring her key motifs, her engagement with the body and her conception of space.
Now, I must be honest and stress quite emphatically that I am definitely no art connoisseur, but I found our visit to Yayoi Kusama's exhibition thought-provoking, fractal (in hubby's words), slightly eccentric and of course, her use of bright and bold colours, is what tickled my fancy right from the get-go! The exhibition is a multi-decade presentation of Yayoi Kusama's celebrated 'net' paintings, soft-sculpture, assemblage, the 'infinity rooms' (we missed this one) and large-scale installations of her later career.
Flowers that bloom at midnight - Images: Elaine de Wet
Yayoi Kusama's 'Life is the Heart of a Rainbow' has been on for a while, but luckily will be exhibited until the 11 February 2018, which means if you haven't yet had the opportunity to go and explore her works, there is still plenty of time after the silly season, to visit and ponder the reasons as to why Yayoi Kusama is such an international phenomenon.
Some furniture in the Obliteration Room that has been obliterated by children - Images: Elaine de Wet
There are even activities for children to get involved in. Children are invited to enter the world of Yayoi Kusama and 'obliterate' an Australian domestic space by adding colourful dot stickers to white furniture, objects and surfaces in a large-scale interactive installation. The 'Obliteration Room' is a dynamic artwork that transforms over time as hundreds of thousands of dots accumulate in the space. The Obliteration Room is proving to be a huge success, with parents and children queuing to get their sheet of stickers to add their 'mark' to this interactive installation. The 'Obliteration Room' is totally FREE and will be running until the 4 February 2018 - an exciting school holiday activity for the family to get creative.
A taster of some of Yayoi Kusama's colourful works - Images: Elaine de Wet
If you're not keen to wander through the exhibition on your own, GOMA have FREE guided tours on until Saturday 23 December, which cover the exhibition highlights. These guided tours should continue in January, readers would need to check with GOMA in advance.
Summer Up Late is returning for a one-off special event on Friday 19 January 2018. Cool down and chill out in the surrounds of GOMA with DJs, bars, talks and performances from Laurel Halo (USA) and Lupa J (Sydney) live on the River Room stage. Explore summer exhibitions 'Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow' and 'Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images' after hours - how much fun will that be!
Brisbanites are truly fortunate to have such an incredible cultural centre at their fingertips - Image: Elaine de Wet
Tickets for Summer Up Late are $20 for General Admission and $18 for QAGOMA Members (Valid QACOMA Member of Foundation Card required) - purchase your tickets online here. Please note that there will be limited tickets available at the door. Summer Up Late includes entry to 'Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images'and 'Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow'. Please note: doors open from 5.30pm and the exhibitions are open until 9.45pm.
If you have a couple of hours free and need to keep the children entertained, a visit to GOMA to see Yayoi Kusama's exhibition, which includes the 'Obliteration Room' and the 'Infinity Room', will definitely prove to be a shining highlight for fun school holiday activities.