GALLERY: Yayoi Kusama’s “Love is Calling” draws the viewer into an infinite world of surreal color and form

By Siena Giljum
BU News Service

“Love is Calling” doesn’t look like much at first. Reaching only about half the height of the high gallery ceilings, a plain white trailer-looking object sits toward the back of the room. But head inside, and it is anything but plain.

Yayoi Kusama’s immersive exhibit arrived at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art in fall 2019. “Love is Calling” is one of the Infinity Light Rooms, which have gained the 90-year-old Japanese visual artist international acclaim, with installations across North America, Australia, and Europe.

Each of Kusama’s rooms brings together light, mirrors, and oftentimes added elements like shallow pools of water or, in the case of “Love is Calling,” a voiceover of a poem written and narrated by the artist.

In this 2013 piece, Kusama draws the viewer into an infinite world of surreal color and form, invoking a childlike whimsy and a craving to explore.

“Love is Calling” premiered at the Institute of Contemporary Art September 24, 2019 and will be featured until February 7, 2021.

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