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Weapons of Mass Pigmentation

Posted on Jan 3, 2012

In this simple, delightful installation, thousands of kids armed with thousands of colorful stickers turned a completely white room into a work of art.

Here’s an explanation from the museum:

The obliteration room 2011 revisits the popular interactive children’s project developed by Yayoi Kusama for the Queensland Art Gallery’s ‘APT 2002: Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’. In this reworked and enlarged installation, an Australian domestic environment is recreated in the gallery space, complete with locally sourced furniture and ornamentation, all of which has been painted completely white. While this may suggest an everyday topography drained of all colour and specificity, it also functions as a blank canvas to be invigorated — or, in Kusama’s vocabulary, ‘obliterated’ — through the application, to every available surface, of brightly coloured stickers in the shape of dots.

As with many of Kusama’s installations, the work is disarmingly simple in its elemental composition; however, it brilliantly exploits the framework of its presentation. The white room is gradually obliterated over the course of the exhibition, the space changing measurably with the passage of time as the dots accumulate as a result of thousands and thousands of collaborators.

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By Leefeller, January 4, 2012 at 3:30 am Link to this comment

‘We need to take art away from the masses, art should only be sanctioned for the hard working wealthy 1 percent like golf and education!’

Actually this is neat, kids need to be made aware of art, all art and the role it plays in the lives of human kind. (use the word kind loosely here)

An art teacher stated once to his young child when asked what kind of work did dad and mom did, the parents replied saying; “We teach adults how to do art” and the child replied;.... “They forgot?”

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By EmileZ, January 4, 2012 at 2:32 am Link to this comment

I remember when I used to live in Philly, there was a tree on South Street upon which everyone would stick their bubble gum.

I just googled it and apparently it has been cut down.

That is fucked up!!!

Anyway it is kind of similar (though more spontaneous) so I thought I would share. (Philadelphia also has or had a lot of great murals).

Have you wonderful truthdig folks ever considered doing a thingy about Otto Dix (1891-1969)???

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By diamond, January 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm Link to this comment

Ooooh. But isn’t that collective thinking and collective action? You know, like socialism or when they make a MOVIE. Thin edge of the wedge, folks.

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By gerard, January 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm Link to this comment

As always, the art is in what is NOT obliterated, sometimes expressed as “knowing when to stop.” Part of the reason why war is so hideous is thatm once they start “pasting stickers on the wall”,  people never know when to stop.

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