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cover things in things : sticker edition

Story time:
In high school, I was a bit of a math nerd (yes, we’ve covered this before). Being a tutor, I ended up teaching myself certain concepts before getting them in class, making said classes très boring.  To solve this, elaborate white-out + calculator art projects began. They went over like gangbusters. And consequently began a love of things covered in things.

Making what I’m about to show you epic in my eyes. Behold:

With the obliteration room, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama does what could be classified as a parent’s worst nightmare: gives children a clean room and more sticky colour than they might know what to do with.

In  the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, a wholly white room is outfitted with locally sources furniture and decor to replicate the Australian household.

It’s crisp and clean. But not for long.

The blank canvas is meant to be, as Kusama puts it, “obliterated.” Museum visitors – and their children – were given thousands of brightly coloured sticker dots to place at will on any surface in the room. Slowly but surely, the room becomes not unlike a beautifully exploded rainbow.

As with many of Kusama’s installations, the work is disarmingly simple in its elemental composition; however, it brilliantly exploits the framework of its presentation. The white room is gradually obliterated over the course of the exhibition, the space changing measurably with the passage of time as the dots accumulate as a result of thousands and thousands of collaborators. (source)

Beautiful, no?

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