The Obliteration Room

An extremely simple installation opened at Queensland Gallery Of Modern Art in December – The Obliteration Room by Yayoi Kusama.

Comprising of a typical home environment set up and painted uniformly in a glaringly pristine white, it offered a literal blank canvas to all visitors to the exhibition, and in the two weeks that followed every child that turned up got a handful of coloured stickers and was invited to contribute by decorating the room.

With the time almost measurable based on sticker density alone, a wonderful feeling of freedom transpires.   No pattern, no restrictions, no guidelines, just complete and utter indulgence to splash colour about as you feel.  Perfectly suited to a child’s mind and creativity.

The transformation is the vivid and colourful explosion of dots you see here, a kind of child-friendly version of that Sony advert from a few years ago.

Photo by Stupie.  Used with permission.

Thousands and thousands of stickers later the ‘obliteration’ is complete.

Photo by Stupie.  Used with permission.

The bold, block colours are reminiscent of childhood, and add a wonderfully fun dimension to the exhibit with a a real human and interactive element.

If you’re in Queensland you can experience the room for yourself as part of the Look Now, See Forever exhibition at GOMA until March 11 2012.

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