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             Yoko Ono Looks To The Light at the Serpentine Gallery


                           Yoko Ono’s latest major exhibit, To The Light, on
                           display at the Serpentine Gallery in London,
                           demonstrates her desire for viewer interaction with
                           her art. The exhibit consists of installations, films,
                           performances and archive material all supporting
                           Ono’s place in history as an important contemporary
                           artist.

                           Identifying herself as an artist, film-maker, poet,
                           musician, writer, performance artist and peace
                           activist, Ono’s incredible career began over 50 years
                           ago. Unafraid to try new things, Ono strives to push
                           the envelope by constantly experimenting with new
                           materials and media to deliver thought-provoking art
                           to a wide audience. A true art pioneer, Ono’s work
                           has been exhibited and performed all around the
                           world.
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             Yoko Ono Looks To The Light at the Serpentine Gallery


Ono’s work as an artist, musician and performer began at a very young age. She
and her work were catapulted into the spotlight after her marriage to musician
John Lennon. As a part of the public eye, Ono’s work was heavily criticized by
mainstream audiences for being too abstract. For example, during one period Ono
worked exclusively with the color white, which she believed allowed viewers to
picture the piece with whatever color they had in mind. One painting, titled Blue
Room, didn’t have a drop of blue within it. Ono famously conducted Bed-ins for
Peace with Lennon, with one installation leading to the writing of the hit song
“Give Peace A Chance.” As a musician, Ono has had eight number one dance
singles on the U.S. Billboard Dance Chart since 2000; her work has been remixed
by Basement Jaxx and the Pet Shop Boys, among others.

A new installation prepared especially for the Serpentine Gallery encourages
viewers to follow instructions to physically or mentally complete the installation.
Another large-scale piece, AMAZE, asks viewers to become part of the piece,
which includes allowing other viewers to observe them.
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                                                    450 West 31st Street, Loft 2N
Gloria   Garfinkel                                  New York, NY 10001
                                                    Tel: 212.643.9545
             Yoko Ono Looks To The Light at the Serpentine Gallery

In addition to the To The Light exhibition, Ono’s multimedia initiative,
#smilesfilm, is also presented. Ono’s #smilesfilm project asks people from all over
the world to participate by photographing their smile, uploading the picture and
sending it to Ono with the hash-tag #smilesfilm. Her objective is to create a string
of smiles that spans the globe.

While #smilesfilm started as a germ of an idea in the late 1960s, Ono hopes to one
day capture the smiles of every person in the world. Ono’s hope for the project is
to promote positive energy, healing and peace through the power of a smile.
At the Serpentine Gallery, viewers can participate in #smilesfilm directly onsite via
an interactive photo booth.

Image Credit: Yoko Ono
Installation view, Yoko Ono: TO THE LIGHT
Serpentine Gallery, London (19 June – 9 September 2012)
© 2012 Jerry Hardman-Jones

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Description: Yoko Ono’s latest major exhibit, To The Light, on display at the Serpentine Gallery in London, demonstrates her desire for viewer interaction with her art. The exhibit consists of installations, films, performances and archive material all supporting Ono’s place in history as an important contemporary artist.