whitehot | September 2012, Yoko Ono at The Serpentine Gallery

September 23, 2012

Yoko Ono: Fly (1970)
Film still.
Courtesy of the Serpentine Gallery and Yoko Ono.

Yoko Ono: To the Light
The Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens
London W2 3XA
19 June through 9 September 2012

Jessica Furseth in whitehot magazine

For such a quirky artist, Yoko Ono has a consistent voice: it’s always been about peace and love, all that stuff. While the message is bold, the delivery is subtle; there doesn’t seem to be anything unusual about the large-scale chess board sitting in the grass behind the Serpentine Gallery, until you realise that all the pieces are white – this is a pacifist game. Inside the audience is invited to pose for photos for the “Smiles” film, where Ono’s brazen goal is to collect a contribution from every person in the world. Keen to be part of Ono’s newest dream, I p
erch down on the seat and wait for the click of the camera. A message flashes up on the screen afterwards: ‘Thank you, you are beautiful.’ It’s such a simple idea: to smile. At the Serpentine Gallery, Ono deals in a currency called happiness … read more


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