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Check out time-lapse videos of Yayoi Kusama’s Obliteration Room being, well, obliterated at David Zwirner Gallery

Howard Halle

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is best known for her trippy, mirrored “Infinity Rooms,” but for her latest show, now entering its final weekend at Chelsea’s David Zwirner, she’s putting the viewer front and center to help make her latest installation, Obliteration Room—or rather to obliterate it, which is the same thing in this case.

Kusama started by building a full-size single-story house in the gallery—a generic, suburban domicile complete with siding, windows shutters, and such homey exterior touches as the Stars and Stripes hung on a flagpole, a mail box and the address (9393) spelled out in separate metal numerals. Inside, there’s a combination living room and kitchen where everything—walls, ceiling, floor, furniture and appliances—has been painted the same blinding shade of white. Visitors are given colorful adhesive dots in varying sizes and encouraged to place as many as they care to on any surface in the room.

Over the course of the show, the space has gone from a white-on-white tableau to a riot of red, yellow, blue, green and orange stickers that obscures the room in a hallucinatory cloud of eye-popping effects—a process you can see in the time-lapse videos here.


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