Squint upon a star and let it blitz out into your mind’s sky. Apple is the colour of your energy. Catch an element of self, watch it melt pure is the place where it lingers. Come be where dustlike seeds sprinkle vitality. When the outlook is spotty, don your cloak, poke a hole and wade through your fear like the ocean. A return to Yayoi Kusama is a tight squeeze of her hand as you hold your own nature. Magnificent is to bleed off the edges of perception. On the precipice of a future undetermined are the outliers who forge and liberate our own sensibilities. Kusama is an artist who has brought forth the living from the dead and the dead from the living in a method of pure survival to heal herself from psychosomatic illness. Over fifty years since its original conception, a rouge installation accompanied by demonstrative performance at the Venice Biennale of 1966, her Narcissus Garden in Rockaway Beach blazes with Kusama delights. Multiplicity, reflective repetition, mixed with strikes of sunlight and leafy arms that wave to the delicate ecosystem beyond reverberate out of the half earthly confines. Fort Tilden on Rockaway Peninsula lies midway between frenetic city and meditative nature, a point of call and a portal to obliterate boundaries between self and other.
An homage to the High Priestess of Polka Dots, Yayoi Kusama. Wearing a runway archive by designer Todd Oldham whose medium knows no limits bursting onto the fashion scene for a decade between 1989-1999 never to return.
Ensemble for Yayoi Kusama sourced from the essential eye, exuberant collection as bricolage of Gabriel Held Vintage.
Yayoi Kusama, Narcissus Garden, Rockaway! 2018;
Todd Oldham polka dot dress from Spring 1995 runway collection, Sonya Rykiel silver boots, vintage chandelier earrings, chartreuse streaks created with Manic Panic semi-permanent color in Electric Lizard, Sunshine and Manic Mixer/Pastel-izer
Photographs by Logan Jackson