Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Yoko Bloody Ono!
Yoko Ono has just opened a new exhibition of her art in London for the first time in over a decade.
Called 'To the Light' it contains such images as three piles of dirt under a poster saying War is Over, some World War2 German army helmets hanging upside down from the ceiling with jigsaw pieces in them and a close up picture of somebodies arse.
Over the years Yoko Ono has worked as a performance artist, film maker, poet, musician, writer and peace activist. Unfortunately she has been completely shit at all of these things.
I'll be the first to say that I am not the most qualified person to make a statement such as that. I'm old fashioned and believe that art should be something that takes inspiration and effort, the key word here being effort. Throwing a load of old junk together and claiming it has meaning is just lazy.
Let me give you an example. Years ago when I was a teenager I had been drinking with some friends and we had the idea of tipping a friends dad's car over onto it's side and placing a pillow on the floor under the front wing so it looked like it was resting it's head. Then we would throw a blanket over the car so that when his dad came out to go to work in the morning it would look like the car was asleep.
We didn't do this of course, we were drunken idiots just having a laugh.
But in the wrong hands this could be turned into a serious artistic installation by someone pretentious enough to think that anybody gave a shit about their take on the world. They would call it 'Sleeping Ford Escort' or even 'The Decline of Manufacturing Output in the West'.
I'm going over old ground here, I've given my opinion on lazy art before and the Emperor's New Clothes attitude that people better educated than myself seem to adopt towards it. I assume that people will go to her exhibitions and tell each other what the pieces mean to them. They don't want to be seen as the thickos who say 'But it's just helmets with jigsaw bits in them'.
People like Ono don't appear to have any artistic talent but desperately want us to believe they have. They come up with daft ideas that any half intelligent person could come up with while drunk or stoned. The difference with her is she wants it to be taken seriously, and she wants paying for it. Do you honestly believe she would be getting the attention that she does if she hadn't married a Beatle?
And as for being a peace activist, does the world look like a peaceful place right now?
Anyway, that's me done ranting for a couple of weeks. I'm dropping off the internet while I undertake a top secret mission for Queen and country. Or I go on holiday. Take your pick. Either way I'm not going to be able to look at your blogs for a while but I will be back soon to impose my unqualified opinions on you all.
So until I return, remain strong and always ask questions.