Artist Philippe Blanchard is has a new installation coming to Arprim in Montréal called New Troglodytes. It’s essentially a psychedelic cave environment where the viewer is submerged in space by geometric stalactites and stalagmites that Blanchard has screenprinted in red, green and blue. This RGB color code is then augmented with LED strobe lights that change the colors and patterns of the room—a technique we’ve seen exploited before to create optical illusions.
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama—who has notably lived in a psychiatric institution for the last four decades—has been obsessed with dots and infinity for her entire career, an inspiration she attributes directly to her hallucinations. Despite her plays on the motif in the past, it makes her latest work no less striking.