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Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love

Looking for something to do this weekend that’s insanely fun for all ages and free? Don’t fret my pet, you’re in for a colorful treat! Today is the LAST day of Japanese artist (and my spirit animal) Yayoi Kusama’s Give Me Love exhibition at the David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea, NYC. Run there early, as wait time to see the Obliteration Room portion is at least an hour long (SO worth it)! These are cell phone pictures, so bear with me!

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What is the Obliteration Room? From the exterior, it looks like a humble abode or a quaint little cookie cutter house. Upon entrance, you are handed a sheet of circular dot stickers and asked to keep your time inside around 3 minutes. What’s inside, you ask? A colorful explosion! A freaking party! Selfie heaven! The most adorable home I’ve ever seen! The other visitors I noticed were also instantly happy, it is SUCH a happy room.

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20150609_155117At the beginning of the exhibition in May, the house was originally a completely white canvas. But with the assistance of visitors leaving their marks and obliterating the room with haphazardly strewn stickers, it has become an incredible sight – a beautiful mess. All of us are tiny dots in this world and in that room, but together we can create something amazing!

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I’m rocking a vintage 2-piece outfit, Indian belt, Elizabeth and James platform leather sandals and a DIY straw bag!

The gallery also continues to showcase other striking pieces of Kusama’s infamous art. All I know is that if I win the lottery, Miss Kusama will definitely be decorating my home. Or maybe in the meantime, I’ll just invite some friends over and bust out some stickers and wine – have everyone Give Me (Obliterated) Love.

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Posted by Olga Turka at 2015/06/13 8:17 AM No Comments
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Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow

To me, religions are a narrative…Natural catastrophes, earthquakes, are things caused by nature. Such chaos is natural, but we have to make sense of it somehow, and so we had to invent these stories. That is what I wanted to paint.

—Takashi Murakami

Looking for a momentary escape from it all? Head straight toward 555 West 24th Street, NYC to the Gagosian Gallery and treat yourself to the incredibly imaginiative and psychedlic world of artist Takashi Murakami’s In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow.

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Walking in past the welcome desk, I was instantly wowed by the remarkable size of the exhibition. Immediately, three of my most favorite things were found: flowers, bright colors and skulls, all of which are key characteristics of Murakami’s infamous works. You also may recall the artist’s name and his style from several collaborations with Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton starting in 2002. 

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(I’m rocking a vintage Enzo Angiolini reversible trench coat, shaggy sweater vest from LF Store, Gap skinny corduroys, Dolce Vita booties with snakeskin heels, an All Saints silk & leather handbag, vintage mink hat)

Utilizing key religious symbols of Japanese culture, depicted in a rather forboding and grotesque, yet inviting, fashion, Murakami portrays the battle between faith and the uncontrollable elements.

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Also depicted is the innate and inescapable human condition to engage in war. No matter how much we try to avoid it, we cannot escape it. Has it always been survival of the fittest? Must there always be a struggle, a fight, or a war?

Our entire existence has been plagued by these neverending battles. We look to religion to explain this as well and keep us motivated during the most difficult of times, yet this in and of itself is the root cause of so much war. Nature may be unpredictable, but we humans are uncontrollable.

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Make sure you don’t miss this stunning exhibition, which I certainly will be visiting several more times! It’s running until January 17th and is free admission to enjoy.

Posted by Olga Turka at 2014/12/02 6:07 PM No Comments
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