Magazine article Artforum International

Yoko Ono: Galerie Lelong/Andrea Rosen Gallery

Magazine article Artforum International

Yoko Ono: Galerie Lelong/Andrea Rosen Gallery

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Yoko Ono

GALERIE LELONG/ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY

To those who wondered why Yoko Ono's "The Riverbed" comprised two separate installations, identical in their components, that were sited in two separate galleries in close proximity in Chelsea, the answer quickly became evident. The show resonated differently in its two locations: In my experience, the installation at Galerie Lelong was more concentrated, silent, and intimate, while the one at Andrea Rosen Gallery was more luminous, open, and social. Others might have felt differently. But that is all to the point, for each visit was unique, affected by its participant's individual memories and perceptions.

Ono made objects available, accompanied by brief instructions, offering each viewer the opportunity to use them creatively. Stone Piece, 2015, consisted of river stones--inscribed, like Tibetan prayer stones, with words--that could be collected by the visitor and brought, as objects of contemplation, onto the meditation cushions scattered around the room. Line Piece, 2015, invited visitors to draw a line in a book and then expand it three-dimensionally into the space by manipulating strings attached to a wall. Perceptible only at close proximity, the thin cords created an unexpected obstacle to movement in the gallery space, drawing viewers' attention to their own bodies--to the here and now. To similar effect, Ono re-executed Mend Piece (1966/2015). For that installation, viewers were able to choose fragments of broken cups and plates, and were invited to recompose them with glue, twine, and tape. …

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