Thursday, March 15, 2018

Infinite Kusama at the AGO

"Narcissus Garden" (1966)
A couple weeks ago I joined fellow jewellery designer Lisa Ridout for a quick afternoon work break at the gallery. We checked out the Riopelle/Mitchell show, which we both really enjoyed, but on this visit I was happy to get to view "Narcissus Garden" by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.  Earlier in the Winter I had waited and waited... and waited online (along with evidently thousands of others) to get tickets to see her mirror exhibit, Infinite Kusama. The day was still a week and a half away, so seeing this installation of many spheres only had the anticipation building even higher.
This installation was initially exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1966. The artist had intended for each ball to be for sale so one could purchase their own narcissism.

Kusama at the AGO
About a week later, my good friend KK and I got to experience Kusama's 6 mirrored rooms as well as many other pieces on exhibit. We were soooo excited! 
Infinite Kusama at the AGO
"Infinity Mirrored Room -- Phalli's Field" (1965/2016)
"Phalli's Field" is made of many many sewn, spotted and stuffed textile forms. Kusama apparently had a fear of sex and her study of these phallic forms over many years was a way for her to address her anxiety.
We geeked out and decided to dress for the occasion. I selected a mirrored skirt my neighbour recently gave me and I had not had the chance to wear. It seemed like the perfect thing for this! I paired it with the Medallion Necklace which combines the polka dot theme with the shimmering effect of the mirrors. I was happy to observe that we were not alone in dressing for the exhibit! There were plenty of people in dots and other themed outfits. I know, you must think that I'm about one step away from wearing all Christmas themed things for all of December. Don't worry, I was laughing at myself here too. Haha!

"Ennui" (1976)

Infinite Kusama at the AGO
"Infinity Mirrored Room -- The Souls of a Million Light Years Away" (2013)
This room was one of my favourites. I had been trying to avoid seeing images of this show in the months leading up to our visit. I had been told by Lisa that one room was like Swarovski Crystals on drugs and am going to guess she meant this one. This photo doesn't do it justice. You are allowed 20 seconds in each room. It's such a short amount of time, yet for fleeting moments, you will instantly get lost in another world as soon as the door is closed. I found I wanted to experience the rooms with my eyes, yet I still wanted to record it by snapping a photo or two in the 20 seconds. So I did both, and sometimes took photos without looking at what I was photographing, so some of these are not my best effort! Check out my Instagram feed @moonrox_ca to see a video of this room.

Infinite Kusama at the AGO
"Life" (1998)

Infinite Kusama at the AGO
 "Dots Obsession -- Love Transformed into Dots" (2007, installed 2018)
This huge room was filled with a warm pink glow emanating from these giant polka dotted hollow forms. Amongst all of these spheres was one speckled orb with a hole that was only about 3 inches in diameter that you could peep into.Infinite Kusama at the AGO
This was the mirrored spectacle inside.
Infinite Kusama at the AGO
In one particularly large spotted ball was one of the rooms that we could enter. This one felt a little like I had entered someone's closet. I'm not sure why.
Infinite Kusama at the AGO
"Infinity Mirrored Room -- Love Forever" (1966/1994)
It's amazing that Kusama first created this over 50 years ago. It's a many sided piece with two small windows so you would see yourself and potentially the face of your love reflected endlessly. The colours changed by the moment and it was mesmerizing. We lined up twice for this one and one other. If we were not super hungry, we won't have stayed longer and gotten in line a few more times. 
Infinite Kusama at the AGO

Infinite Kusama at the AGO
 "Obliteration Room" 
This room starts out entirely blank white -- completely devoid of colour. Each visitor is given a sheet of stickers that you can then place anywhere you like! The white will gradually become obliterated. We visited in the first week of the show, so I'm interested to see how it will look like in even a month's time. Here is a video of the "Obliteration Room" at the Tate in 2012.

Infinite Kusama at the AGO
"Infinity Mirrored Room -- Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity" (2009)
This was also one of my favourites. I think I am unable to decide which was my favourite. Can I have a top 3? This room was so breathtaking and tranquil as you become encompassed in the warm glow of so many little lanterns in this ethereal space.

The whole show was beautiful and unlike anything I had ever experienced before. You are truly immersed in the art, in fact, becoming part of it. You become one with the piece as your own familiar image is reflected back to you a multitude of times along with your manufactured surrounding. In some of the spaces, you become so lost in the infinity before you that you almost feel as if you are no longer standing on the ground.

So after 13 plus hours waiting for the tickets and a couple months awaiting the arrival of this day, it was worth it. What's any of those amounts of time in comparison to infinity!?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Coupon Code to save on tickets to the One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale 2018: EFC25VW2

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Psst! Another One of a Kind Show is sneaking up fast! The 2018 Spring Show runs from March 28 until April 1. Want to save on tickets? Use our coupon code EFC25VW2 to save $2 off the full admission price when buying your tickets online. Click here to take advantage. We will have a fresh new collection as well as faves that have been carried through from season's past. Hope to see you there so we can show you in person!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Sweetheart Necklace

valentine's day gift ideas
Every once in a while, I come across some vintage pieces that I just cannot leave behind. Sometimes they just seem like something I know our customers would like. When I found a few of these Sweetheart Necklaces, I knew I had to share them with you. The Sweetheart Necklace features a simple 3-dimensional floating heart pendant on an elegant brass chain. The necklace is made of raw brass that shows some beautiful patina given to them from years gone by. I love the warm tone of brass. It's golden and shiny without being gaudy.

This little cutie is the perfect gift for your love or perhaps a treat for yourself. If you are in the Toronto area and are in need of a last minute Valentine's gift, just get in touch and we'd be happy to help you out!

For more details on this piece, visit the website and find this piece in the Vintage Section.

Dot-to-Dot Pearl Series

I always thought of pearls as kind of old fashioned, but these days you can find freshwater pearls in so many interesting shapes. Got my hands on these lustrous flat disc like pearls and challenged myself to create pieces that were modern, dainty and still classy and lady like. As soon as I made the Dot-to-Dot Pearl Bracelet, I knew I had an instant personal favourite. I have been wearing my bracelet and Dotted Pearl Bauble Ring almost every day. The Dotted Pearl Earrings are pendulum style dangly earrings that pair well with any of the other pieces. For the Dot-to-Dot Pearl Necklace, I played with the linear quality of the fine chain between pearls and decided on a cool Y-style necklace.  The pearls have a beautiful sheen and each has a unique organic shape with some natural divots and character. These pieces are available in two colours -- Cloud and Oil Slick. For more photos and information on each piece, check out the website! Hope you like this series as much as I do!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


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