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Infinity Mirrored Room – Love Forever, 1966/1994. Photo by Cathy Carver.

Lose Yourself in Artist Yayoi Kusama’s 'Infinity Mirrors'

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Infinity Mirrored Room – Love Forever, 1966/1994. Photo by Cathy Carver.

There’s never a bad time for curiosity, playfulness, or wonder. Now, art lovers in our nation’s capital can get a concentrated dose of all three in Yayoi Kusama’s world-famous "Infinity Mirrors" exhibition, opening this weekend at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. 

Yayoi Kusama with recent works in Tokyo, 2016. Photo by Tomoaki Makino, courtesy of the artist © Yayoi Kusama

The 87-year-old Japanese artist and her glittering mirrored rooms have been smashing museum attendance records around the world. The new exhibition is the largest collection of her work to date and features six different infinity rooms and 60 other installations, sculptures, and paintings.

The Obliteration Room, 2002 to present. Photograph: QAGOMA Photography, © Yayoi Kusama

This exhibition also marks the first time the installations have been made accessible for people with limited mobility. Entrances to the infinity rooms are too narrow to accommodate wheelchairs, so Hirshhorn staff worked with Samsung to create an immersive virtual-reality version, which will only be available to museum visitors with disabilities. 

Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, 2009. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama

Kusama, an occasional wheelchair user herself, is enthusiastic about the VR addition, and museum staff liked the new app so much that they’re considering repeating the process for other exhibitions in the future.

Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away, 2013.Courtesy of David Zwirner, N.Y. © Yayoi Kusama

“It forces you to simply be, to look, to experience something that’s immersive and to be fully immersed,” museum director Melissa Chiu told Artsy. “That is a very unique experience today for people; there are very few moments where you can feel alone in the cosmos, and that’s how Kusama designed it.”

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Never Buy Drawing Paper Again With This Endlessly Reusable Art Notebook
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Art supplies can get pricey when you’re letting your kid’s creativity run wild. But with an endlessly reusable notebook, you never have to worry about running out of paper during that after-school coloring session.

The creators of the erasable Rocketbook Wave have come out with a new version of their signature product meant especially for color drawings. The connected Rocketbook Color notebook allows you to send images drawn on its pages to Google Drive or other cloud services with your phone, then erase the pages by sticking the whole notebook in the microwave. You get a digital copy of your work (one that, with more vibrant colors, might look even better than the original) and get to go on drawing almost immediately after you fill the book.

An animated view of a notebook’s pages changing between different drawings.

There’s no special equipment involved beyond the notebook itself. The Rocketbook Color works with Crayola and other brands’ washable crayons and colored pencils, plus dry-erase markers. The pages are designed to be smudge-proof, so turning the page won’t ruin the art on the other side even if you are using dry-erase markers.

Rocketbook’s marketing is aimed at kids, but adults like to save paper, too. Break away from the adult coloring books and go free-form. If it doesn’t quite work out, you can just erase it forever.

The notebooks are $20 each on Kickstarter.

All images courtesy Rocketbook

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This Amazing Clock Has a Different Hand for Every Minute of the Day
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In the video below, you can watch Japanese ad agency Dentsu transform passing time into art. According to Adweek, the project was commissioned by Japanese stationery brand Hitotoki, which produces crafting materials. To celebrate the value of handmade items in an increasingly fast-paced world, Dentsu created a film advertisement for their client depicting their goods as a stop-motion clock.

The timepiece ticks off all 1440 minutes in the day, and was assembled in real-time against a colored backdrop during a single 24-hour take. Its "hands" were crafted from different combinations of some 30,000 disparate small items, including confetti, cream puffs, tiny toys, silk leaves, and sunglasses.

"In a world where everything is so hectic and efficient, we wanted to bring the value of 'handmade' to life," explains Dentsu art director Ryosuke Miyashita in a press statement quoted by Stash Media. "We created different combinations of small Hitotoki brand items to express each and every minute."

You can check out a promotional video for the project below, which details the arduous crafting process, or view a real-time version of the clock here.

[h/t Adweek]

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