Gianluca Ranzi press release
Yoko Ono, in her first
one-woman show in Belgium, presents a series of installations specially conceived
for M3 in Antwerp. The seminal New York based artist, a leading figure of the
Fluxus movement and Conceptual Art shows a series of installations with which
the public are invited to interact.
The piece w a k e, which
lends its title to the exhibition, is a conscious word play on the many meanings
that word has: besides the act of waking something, or someone, w a k e alludes
alternately to a vigil, as in James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake, and to the turbulence
of water as a boat moves through it.
Large maps of Antwerp
will be hung on the walls; one group of maps is from the early 1900s, the other
is contemporary. People may rubber stamp the words w a k e (and the Dutch and
French wekken and reveiller) on these maps. Yoko Ono's concept is that the streets
and squares of the city are like the veins and blood vessels of the human body
lying beneath and the revolving, waking and vigil-evoking meanings of w a k e
can commemorate and process the old pains of the past and help to heal.
work WE'RE ALL WATER consists if one hundred and eighteen bottles of clear glass,
filled with water; each has a label with the name of a person. A small round table
with chairs will have a single water-filled bottle on it, without a label: here
people may write a name on a card and place it near the bottle as a conceptual
addition to WE'RE ALL WATER.
WE'RE ALL WATER is inspired
by a concept that Yoko Ono published in 1967, for her exhibition at the Lisson
Gallery in London:
"you are water / I'm water /
we're all water in different containers / that's why it's so easy to meet / someday
we'll evaporate together / but even after the water's gone / we'll probably point
out to the containers / and say - that's me there, that one - / we're container
The work WISH
TREE is a living tree in which people can hang written wishes, which will
eventually be incorporated into Yoko Ono's Tower of Peace,
which she is building in Iceland. Postcards and posters of her work OPEN WINDOW
and the film piece ONOCHORD will further emphasise
the interactive nature of the exhibition, spreading it into the city and beyond.
recent work titled Pieces of Sky consists of eleven World War II era German army
helmets that are suspended from the ceiling; they each contain pieces of "sky",
which the public may take.
M3 - Galerie Gianluca
Ranzi, Antwerpen, Belgium
June 15th - July 15th 2006