It feels like it just arrived in Toronto, but Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrorshas now been open to the public for over a month. And every person who has come through the exhibition has left their mark in The Obliteration Room.
Kusama is known for her obsession with dots. Conceived by the artist, The Obliteration Room offers an invitation for visitors to collectively participate in “obliterating” an environment by covering it in colourful dots. The room recreates a domestic setting – the AGO’s set-up is complete with couch, dining room table and cutlery, bookshelves, a computer, bowls of fruit, and an outdoor area with Muskoka chairs, a fire pit, and a bicycle. Before the exhibition opened, all of these objects were painted white to make the eventual transformation even more remarkable. Visitors leaving the exhibition are invited to place brightly coloured polka dot stickers anywhere they choose in the room.
It’s a tough but fun choice: where exactly to place those stickers? On the wall, on a chair, on a bicycle, a table? In five weeks, The Obliteration Room has completely transformed from a blank canvas to a colour explosion, and we captured it all on camera. Watch the time-lapse video above and see a few before-and-after shots of the room below.