Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Infinity Room

Ever wondered what it would be like to stand amongst the stars? Well I’ve just discovered a little room where you can at least get a taste of what it might be like. I’ve mentioned the Asia Pacific Triennial a number of times, and it’s drawing to a close soon, so I went back recently to have a final look and discovered I had missed this little gem of an artwork by Yayoi Kusama called Soul Under the Moon (2002). From the outside it looks like a tiny nondescript room with a door. You open the door and walk in to this dark, quiet, never ending reflection of fluorescent balls and mirrors and water – an infinity room! If you happen to get a few minutes to yourself in there (lots of patience required for this, and don’t even bother on a weekend) it is like you are standing amongst the stars – so dark, so quiet, so disorienting, so amazing! A photo just can’t do it justice so you’ll just have to trust me on this one.

Anish Kapoor’s sculptures are fun too. The ambiguity of them, of the spaces within them (or not). It’s more fun looking at the people looking at the work trying to work out what it is they are actually looking at (or not)!

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