June 27, 2018 by Kassandra Rodriguez
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In case you missed it, the global phenomenon, Immersed has hit San Antonio and Instagram has been looking incredibly fashionable, with mysterious images dimly lit rooms and sparkling specs of light. Head over to the McNay Art Museum to visit this incredible installation! Brought to us in conjunction with the San Antonio Tricentennial celebrations and the 50th anniversary of HemisFair ’68, this exhibition focuses on San Antonio as a place of deep history, local values, and global thinking. Immersive, environmental installations by Yayoi Kusama and Philip Worthington, a film by Andy Warhol, and a new commission by San Antonio’s Chris Sauter transform the McNay’s Tobin Exhibition Galleries.
British artist Philip Worthington’s Shadow Monsters (2004), turns visitors into fantastical beasts and transports viewers to the realm of their own imaginations, recalling childhood play and creativity.
San Antonio artist Chris Sauter explores links between biology and culture, the present and the existing and the personal and the universal while recreating his grandparents home in Boerne.
Out of all the amazing installations, one in particular stood out to us here at Style Lush TV. Yayoi Kusama’s Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity (2009). In an enclosed, mirrored, seemingly infinite space a constellation of lights brightens into the expanse, only to slowly fade back into darkness so that the “universe” can begin again. It allows us to think about not just placement in local or global settings, but in the entire universe. Kusama’s vision of a better society through creativity, and dedication to creating objects and environments that unite and heal, is itself a mirror to San Antonio as the city reflects on its 300-year history.
About the Artist
Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese contemporary artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation, but is also active in painting, performance, film and fashion! Her collaborations with Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and more prove to us that fashion is, in fact, an art form! Her art is in all forms bold, playful and not for the faint-hearted! She is most known for her dots as well as her infinity rooms (as seen at the McNay) as she creates art that never ends.
Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton under Creative Director, Marc Jacobs. (2012)
So what’s with all the dots, you may wonder? Yayoi Kusama is known for telling the story of how when she was a little girl she had a hallucination that stayed with her for life. She was in a field of flowers when they all started talking to her. She describes the heads of the flowers like an infinity of dots that went on forever. She felt as if she was disappearing into it, or as she calls it ‘self-obliterating’ – into this field of endless dots. This weird experience has influenced most of her later work showcasing dots and rooms. By creating dots through her art and on placing them on her clothes she feels a sense of security and peace. She’s described the feeling as “melting into”, and “become part of the bigger universe”.
‘Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity. When we obliterate nature and our bodies with polka dots, we become part of the unity of our environment’. says Kusama.
It’s safe to say that this is one of our favorite installations to come to the McNay as it brings together art and fashion. Hurry and get yourselves over to #ImmersedMcNay! To reserve your spot get your tickets here. Immersed will be open all summer long until September 2nd!