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Dotty and Disease

Dotty 1

The room I’ve had a couple of times in my favorite little hotel in Brighton is called "Dotty", and I basically picked it because it's fun and bright orange and filled with festive polka dots. Like it was made especially for me. It's kooky, and I love it.

Dotty 2

Every room in the hotel is decorated according to a different theme, and Dotty is based on the work of a Japanese artist called Yayoi Kusama, whose work revolves around a certain brilliant, all-consuming obsession with dots that she's had for most of her long life.

Yayoi Kusama

As fun as the Dotty room is, it's a little troubling that Kusama's work is an expression of her ideas of obsession, anxiety, and disease. Of course, you can't expect a novelty room in a little Brighton hotel to capture all the subtlety of a celebrated titan of modern art. But still, now that I"ve read a bit more about her work I may have to pick a different room next time if I want to have pleasant dreams. Maybe it's time to try the Rough Trade Records room, or the Lee "Scratch" Perry room.

Comments (3)

1) Jeff: You need to get yourself to the Mattress Factory: http://www.mattress.org/index.cfm?event=ShowArtist&eid=45&id=221&c=Permanent (Jul 20, 2008 7:29 AM)

2) The Awesome Austrian: I’ve been to an exhibition of hers in Vienna. It was quite nice! Lots of dots though. (Jul 20, 2008 3:40 PM)

3) Alice: Kusama is having an exhibition in Paris at the moment http://beart.wordpress.com/2008/07/11/opening-night-yayoi-kusama-dots-obsession-at-la-villette-paris-france/ I might try to see it this week-end! (Jul 22, 2008 5:05 PM)

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