I became really interested in Yayoi Kusama’s work after seeing her exhibition at Tate Modern last year. She has inspired lots of my own sketches and paintings. As well as looking at the exhibition (twice) I had fun in the interactive installation, where visitors added sticky dots to a white furnished room.
So it a great opportunity to see Kusama again at the Victoria Miro Gallery, a gallery I had been meaning to visit for a long time. Although I love textiles and sculpture, it was the acrylic paintings which I enjoyed the most. The detail! The colour! The polka dots! I think that Living Daily in Modest Happiness (2010) was my favourite. The circles and dots look as though they are floating. Outside was Narcissus Garden, an installation of steel balls which has been installed in various settings, this time in the pond at the back of the gallery. The balls moved in the wind. It was a lovely sunny day and the balls shone as they moved. I tried to recreate the installation using plastic balls in the garden pond when I got home but the balls were pierced by foxes!
Barnaby Furnas is a New York-based artist who was exhibiting for the first time at Victoria Miro. The First and Last Day consists of 15 paintings in acrylic on linen, progressing from white, through red, to black. The paintings are displayed showing the lateral line running thought the centre of each.
I’m looking forward to the next exhibition at the gallery.