18 Wooster Street
Deitch Projects and the Andre Emmerich Gallery presented En Trance - Ex It, an exhibition of both historical and recent work by Yoko Ono. The exhibition was presented in two parts: En Trance at the Andre Emmerich Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, and Ex It at Deitch Projects, 18 Wooster Street, Soho.
En Trance functioned as an entrance to Ono's aesthetic world. The artist altered the doorway to the gallery space with a disconcerting set of alternative entrances. Within the gallery were installations of some of Ono's best known works, such as the Blue Room, Play it by Trust, and Yes Painting, all first shown in 1966. The exhibition also featured more recent works such as Vertical Memory of 1997 and a room of Ono's delicate drawings which were like abstractions of her thoughts.
Ex It was a remarkable installation of one hundred simple wooden coffins with fruit trees growing out the opening where one normally would see the face of the dead. The haunted atmosphere dramatically combining a vision of death and rebirth was further confused by the overlapping sound of birds and human voices. The work served as both a memorial to the victims of war and natural catastrophes, and a celebration of the nature's ability to renew itself.
Yoko Ono was one of the innovators of Conceptual and performative art. Chrissie Iles, who organized an exhibition of Ono's work for the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, has written with insight about Ono's artistic approach. She characterized her work as being "marked by ephemerality firmly rooted in Zen." She explained that the work was intended to be "realized in the imagination of the view," and described how Ono was interested in "moving from the physical object into mental consciousness." She also explained how "the search for balance and unity (a central goal of Zen) and the expression of its absence occurs repeatedly in Ono's work." En Trance featured several works, such as Ono's Balance Piece and Mindscale, that sought an uneasy equilibrium.
The exhibition constructed a Zen-like paradox of seemingly contradictory elements that together formed a dynamic harmony. Uptown, one entered Ono's poetic words, which juxtaposed the material and immaterial. Downtown, one left with a sense of hope that life could bloom again from a landscape of death.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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