The Heong Gallery: YOKO ONO SKY PIECES
15 June - 6 October 2019
part of YOKO ONO: LOOKING FOR...
Wednesday - Sunday 12pm to 5pm
Yoko Ono is an artist whose thought-provoking work challenges people’s understanding of art and the world around them. From the beginning of her career, she was a Conceptualist whose work encompassed performance, instructions, film, music, and writing.
YOKO ONO SKY PIECES illustrates Ono’s fascination with the sky. Following her escape from Tokyo during the World War II bombing raids, the sky has appeared repeatedly in Ono’s work as a metaphor for peace, freedom, the unknowable and the eternal.
Participation, ephemerality, and the everyday are at the heart of Ono’s artistic work, inviting the viewer to become at once spectator, and occasionally, fabricator of her art, to see new meaning in the quotidian and to contemplate ideas and visions beyond surface experience. Her instruction pieces and scores bring forward the notion that thoughts can act as works of art in themselves, activating the viewer’s imagination and inviting them into the creative process itself.
YOKO ONO SKY PIECES is part of YOKO ONO: LOOKING FOR... (2 March – 31 December 2019) at The Heong Gallery, Alison Richard Building, Lady Mitchell Hall, Ruskin Gallery, and various public sites in the city.
Curated by Gabriella Daris.
The exhibition is supported by
The Henry Moore Foundation
The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
Cover image: Yoko Ono, Wish Tree (1996/1997), En Trance, Lonja del Pescado, Alicante, Spain, 1997. Photo by Miguel Angel Valero. Courtesy of Yoko Ono.