Yoko Ono Essay

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Yoko Ono, a woman who was once artistically misunderstood and who now contributes to the art world with her work, pushes the boundaries of traditional art and works outside of the framework by using a post modern practice. Being well known as a legendary artist, peace activist and musician, Yoko is also well known for being the wife/widow of John Lennon. Yoko's art not only had a major influence in John Lennon's life but it also inspired aspiring artists around the world. Ono is now known as an innovative artist, who through her work produces different issues/themes such as: loss, conflict, humanity, and the desire for world peace. Her work is widely recognised in the art world both for its contemporary relevance and its formative influence on current practice. Given the length of Ono's career, however, this wider recognition is surprisingly recent. Yoko's artworks engage the audience by creating interesting pieces with which, we, the audience use our observational and imaginative skills to play a part in interpreting her artwork. Yoko Ono take us on a journey through her conceptual art in a quite personal way, showing her ideas and values as an artist and also an understanding of controversial issues.Yoko Ono's exhibition 'War Is Over (If You Want It)' in Sydney, Australia at the Museum Of Contemporary Art, embraces in sculptures, immersive installations, written texts, film, sound compositions and participatory artworks which involved a range of hand-on activities - from mending and arranging broken crockery, to stamping world maps with peace stamps, to writing personal messages of love to your mother. Her exhibit takes you on a journey through time and issues that are still relevant in today society.Yoko Ono's work Play It By Trust (1966) is an example of how conceptual art can be game. Play It By Trust is a chess set where all the pieces are white. Because of this it is virtually impossible to play a normal game of chess, and throughout the game a person will lose track of whose pieces are whose. The white pieces are a sort of symbol for life situations, where not everything in life is just black and white and the situation of not knowing what is yours and what is theirs. This piece invites the audience to not be passive observers but rather be active players; this then allows the audiences to create their own art through this. It allows them to create meaning, boundaries, rules and even entire games from their observations and experiences. The artwork has been shown many times, in different forms which produces the meaning that the concept of the game is more important than the physical game itself.In Yoko's piece We're All Water (2006/2011) humanity is universally and equally expressed. This artwork is a row of small glass bottles which are identical and contain identical amounts of water, but with all different names attached, such as - Groucho Marx, John Coltrane, James Joyce and John Lennon. The "Water Talk" from Half-A-Wind Show, Lisson...

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