OHbaby! editor Pippa Henderson reckons The Obliteration Rooom, an interactive exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery, is the perfect place for kids to make their creative mark.
When you enter this exhibit it’s so bright and visually stimulating that you can’t help but feel excited. You get handed a sheet of colourful round stickers of various sizes, and it’s evident it’s an open invite to contribute to this vibrant work-in-progress. My husband Colin, our eldest daughter Esther, and I, really enjoyed wandering around and choosing where to place our stickers, adding to patterns and chains of dots started by strangers who had gone before us. It’s like a weird and wonderful dream, being surrounded by such an explosion of colour, and it seems like the perfect place to take little ones to engage their imaginations.
The obliteration room (2002–present) is a family-friendly and interactive installation by one of the world’s most popular, well-loved artists, Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929 Matsumoto, Japan).
Beginning as a stark white interior (left), it encourages you to transform the space by saturating it with a rainbow of brightly coloured dots. Over time, a dizzying blur of colour is built up by visitors applying brightly coloured stickers in various sizes to every surface.
When Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama was a small girl, she started seeing the world through a screen of tiny dots. They covered everything she saw – the walls, ceilings, and even her own body. For 40 years she has made paintings, sculptures and photographs using dots to cover surfaces and fill rooms. Kusama calls this process ‘obliteration’, which means the complete destruction of every trace of something.
What: The Obliteration Room
Where: Todd Foundation Creative Learning Centre, mezzanine level, Auckland Art Gallery
When: Exhibition on until Monday 2 April 2018
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