On Wednesday I stood on line for almost 3 hours to see Yayoi Kusama's exbition at David Zwirner Gallery. The line is for Kusama-san's installation "The Souls of a Million Light Years Away", an ethereal 3-D experience inside a small mirrored room with thousands of little led lights floating in the air ,reflected in the mirrors and the water surrounding the standing platform. Its like that game 7 minutes in heaven, except you aren't making out and seeing stars you are in a room bathed in tiny stars for 45 seconds. THe room feels like it stretches out into infinity, giving it its nickname, the Infinity Room. Kusama-san also has two other installations in the gallery plus a collection of brilliant paintings. The other to installation, one consist of Kusama-san in a self-video singing a song called "Manahattan Suicide Addict", also the name of the video installation. Kusama-san also has added giant mirrors making the video repeat into infinity. The third installation is called "Love is Calling" and it's another mirrored room this time much larger where multiple viewers can participate and its filled with giant psychedelic polkadot tentacles. This room was a little like a fun-house but slightly more disturbing. I loved the whole show including her paintings, I would recommend if you are in New York stand on line and see the installations its well worth the 3 hour wait. Show runs until December 21st.
David Zirner Gallery
525 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011
Take the A/C train to 14th Street Sta.
Walk west to 10the Avenue, and hang a left at 19th street.
You can also cut through Chelsea Market (16th street on 9th Avenue)
and pick up a sandwich for your long wait on line.