On December 14th of 2007 art collective Andrea Crews produced an event choreographed by Martin Butler in newly opened contemporary art center, WIELS in Brussels, Belgium in conjunction with artist Yayoi Kusama’s Dot Obsession installation.
Under the flag of “Fashion, Art, Activism” Paris based collective, Andrea Crews, creates events on the forefront of fashion and art. The Crews footprint is made with a frontier guerilla spirit and a wide-eyed precociousness; a childlike audacity conducted by an astute maestro. Crew’s December 14th event was something like a coup d’art. In the newly opened contemporary art centre WIELS, in Brussels, a body of work from Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s dots obsession series bubbled and boiled. Giant pink inflatable sculptures covered in black polka-dots were suspended in the air and plopped on the floor, captured in bouncing motion. The installation continued further inward where an opening in an inflatable gave way to an interior space overrun by the polka-dot epidemic. Hanging from a ceiling overtaken by the dots, round paper lanterns covered in black polka dots bounced light on the walls and floor where the rash obsessively continued. Here Yayoi Kusama invited the viewer into the actual hallucinations she had as a child and we can recognise her feverish fear of this force that is all consuming, all devouring; for her the dots are aggressive and they take no prisoners. Here in WIELS, Kusama’s body of work took the viewer into a feverish body; here in WIELS, Crews was the fever; running rampant and hysterical; beautiful and fantastic.
Accompanied by live music; a team of twenty, some covered in dots, some dressed in the trademark Crews rainbow moved through the space choreographed by Martin Butler to create visceral narratives by using the colours and shapes of their presences sculpturally.