Over the past year, I've become more interested in the art world. I've always enjoyed movies and have been fascinated with filmmaking, but I was never one to revel in the paint strokes of an artist. I think my disinterest came from the fact that I’m not very artistic myself. I so want to be someone who can sit down with a pencil and paper and sketch what they see in front of them... but considering I still draw like I did it kindergarten, I don’t think that’s going to happen.
Last fall I took a studio production class and met some amazingly artistic people. For one assignment we had to draw a storyboard. My sad excuse of a storyboard contained stick figures...without faces. A few storyboards were just so detailed and intriguing, making me once again wish for just an ounce of artistic ability.
I gained great friends from this class and many of them are amazing artists (like art majors and minors amazing). I constantly would express my desire to be artistic to them and over and over they would tell me that art is so much more than drawing or painting. I realized that instead of trying to be artistic, I should try to be creative. With this new mindset, not only have I begun to try all different art forms and styles, but I have also grown a greater interest and appreciation for art.
I recently headed into NYC to visit the David Zwirner Gallery. This contemporary art gallery currently has Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life on exhibition in its Chelsea location and I can’t say enough about it. There are two sections of the exhibition. The first section is broken up into three rooms, two Infinity Mirror Rooms and one polka dotted environment. The first Infinity Mirror Room was my favorite. All the walls are covered in mirrors and standing in the middle is a four walled mirrored piece with holes cut out of the sides. The inside of this piece reflects (no pun intended) the entire room producing an extreme sense of boundlessness.
I don’t know what Kusama intended for her audience to take away, if she intended for her audience to take away anything at all, but I left the exhibition with a burning desire to do something, anything CREATIVE.
For more information regarding Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life check it out here!