Now they inhabit the 250 hectare green campus of the New York Botanical Garden are oversized flowers that sprout in seasonal arrangements, a glowing pumpkin infinity space, and a sea of 1,400 reflective spheres by Yayoi Kusama ((before). It’s teeming with no-frills sculptures, site-specific installations, and smaller pieces covered in the Japanese artist’s legendary polka dots. Cosmic nature is a sprawling exhibition celebrating decades of Kusama’s bold, joyous work.
During the immersive show, four new pieces will debut, such as the creature with the tentacle that marks the entrance to the site. Others include a 16-foot-tall dancing pumpkin, a wiped out greenhouse, and a new infinity room that reflects the lush greenery of the outside environment. In conjunction with a multitude of smaller acrylic paintings, fabric sculptures, and drawings on paper, the earliest of which date from 1945, the most recent works show a broad visual course of Kusama’s fixation on nature and an infinite predilection for polka dots.
While many of the playful blooms are related to larger themes about human relationships with the environment, some pieces are downright personal, including Flower Obsession, which invites visitors into a space that mimics the artists’ greenhouse. “Our earth is just a dot under a million stars in the cosmos. When we erase nature and our body with dots, we become part of the unity of our environment, ”said the prolific artist in particular.
Cosmic nature opens in the Bronx this weekend and runs through October 31 (via Hyperallergic)
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