"In touch me, Yoko Ono will present an
interactive painting, film, conceptual photography and sculptures that comment
on different facets of the female experience, calling upon the viewers to make
direct and deeply personal connections.
Ono's first New York
exhibition since Odyssey of a Cockroach at Deitch
Projects in 2003, touch me affords the audience an opportunity to experience her
work in a new way.
The exhibition will open to the public
on Friday, April 18, from 6 to 8 pm.
For over 40 years,
Yoko Ono's works have defied categorization, existing in the interstices between
performance, music, objects and film. As one of the first conceptual artists,
and one of the founders of Fluxus-an association of experimental, interdisciplinary
artists and writers in the `60s and `70s-Ono is cited as a major influence on
contemporary artists. She has redefined the boundaries between various movements:
conceptual art, performance art, feminist art, and more. Many of her actions have
bridged the distance between art and audience participation- which has always
been a hallmark of Ono's work.
A participatory element is
central in touch me, in which Ono urges the audience to revitalize and rethink
a personal connection to the most current situation women are facing.
centerpiece of the exhibition will be a large canvas covering the entire width
of the gallery. Openings will be cut into the canvas, and viewers are invited
to insert body parts through. Encompassed in this simple act are opposing elements
of isolation, exposure, vulnerability, and defiance. The viewer will have the
option to photograph themselves with supplied cameras; these photos will be displayed
together on another canvas with the participant's own comments and thoughts written
underneath the photos, furthering the inclusive nature of this new work.
4-screen installation version of Yoko Ono's 1964 performance Cut
Piece, filmed at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1965, will act as a counterpart
for the metaphoric 2008 work.
Complementing this contemporary
work will be Vertical Memory, in which a composite
of a male face-combining Ono's father, husband and son-is contrasted with the
artist's succinct and moving texts describing her passage from birth to death.
Also on view will be Memory Paintings, intimate 19th-century
portraits of women; and a sculpture from the series "Family Album (Blood
Objects)," representing her mother.
TV will serve as an anchor of hopefulness to the entire exhibition touch me.
In addition to having received the College Art Association's
2008 Distinguished Body of Work Award, she is also the recipient of the 2002 Skowhegan
Medal for Assorted Mediums. Solo exhibitions have recently been presented at the
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (Sao Paolo), Kunsthalle Bremen, Berkeley Art Museum,
Museo di Santa Caterina (Treviso, Italy), and Portikus im Leinwandhaus (Frankfurt),
among other venues. She is featured in WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution,
organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and currently on view
at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York. This August, the Kunsthalle Bielefeld
will present a solo exhibition of Ono's work."
from Galerie Lelong, courtesy Yoko Ono