For all those that Imagine Peace, YOKO ONO INFINITE UNIVERSE AT DAWN celebrates Yoko Ono’s seminal art and activism across eight decades.
‘Seeds of ideas, like pebbles, were raining through my life. Genesis Publications has captured those seeds and presented them to you here, for your observation, selection and experimentation, to make their destination entirely yours.’ – Yoko Ono
YOKO ONO INFINITE UNIVERSE AT DAWN encourages the reader to have an experience of connection and reminds us that, together, we have the power to change the world. Yoko Ono is signing every book in her limited edition of just 1,500 copies worldwide.
YOKO ONO INFINITE UNIVERSE AT DAWN brings Yoko’s life work together for the first time, from her Avant-garde initiatives, through her creative collaboration with John Lennon, to her continuing music, art and peace campaigns.
‘I’m one of those people you might think of as a jack-of-all-trades. I don’t limit myself to one medium. Sometimes inspiration comes in as music; sometimes it comes in as visual.’ – Yoko Ono
‘I would say all my works are a form of prayer or a wish. People write down their wishes, and then they tie the knot on the tree. We have to supply more trees because the first one becomes so heavy with paper. It’s an incredible amount of wishing.’ – Yoko Ono
‘Wish Trees for Hiroshima’
The Road To Hope
© Yoko Ono
‘In Acorn Event we decide to plant two acorns, one in the East and one in the West. So we dug a hole and I put one inside, and then John immediately put his right next to mine. With our love, we had actually shrunk the distance between East and West.’ – Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono and John Lennon
‘Acorn Event’, 1968
First National Sculpture Exhibition
Coventry Cathedral, Coventry, England
June 15, 1968
Keith McMillan © Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono and John Lennon
‘Bed-In for Peace’, 1969
Amsterdam Hilton Hotel, Amsterdam
March 25-31, 1969
‘I incorporate music with a performance-art touch from way back. I climbed on the piano when I performed with John Cage in 1962 because I was inspired to do so. I did the same thing when Lady Gaga and I performed in LA. John and I were under the piano when Paul was playing ‘Let It Be’. That too was spontaneous.’ – Yoko Ono
We Are Plastic Ono Band
Brooklyn Academy of Music
February 16, 2010
© Bob Gruen
‘Let’s not erase the word ‘no’ from our dictionary. The word ‘yes’ will not have such a strong power without the existence of the word ‘no’. If you say ‘no’ to life, you will not have a life. So ‘yes’ is the only answer.’ – Yoko Ono
‘Ceiling Painting (YES Painting)’, 1966
Yoko demonstrating how to view the piece
Unfinished Paintings and Objects
Indica Gallery, London, England
November 9-22, 1966
© Graham Keen
‘It was just something that happened naturally, the dogs barking, everything that happened – it was an incredible experience. We didn’t expect it was going to be that beautiful.’ – Yoko Ono
Stills from Yoko Ono’s film ‘APOTHEOSIS’
© Yoko Ono
‘I thought this artwork, if it’s really good artwork, has to have everything in it to change the world.’ – Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono introduces YOKO ONO INFINITE UNIVERSE AT DAWN – a narrative spanning six decades, revealing the conception, realisation and evolution of the artist’s ideas over time.
Yoko Ono is an award-winning multi-media artist and peace activist, who constantly challenges and stretches traditional boundaries. Her performance art in the early 1960s, experimental films and collaborative music with John Lennon in the 1970s, and international one-woman shows and retrospectives during the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s illustrate her varied career. Yoko Ono is well known for her peace initiatives and recent events, including her ‘IMAGINE PEACE TOWER’ in Iceland and participatory ‘Wish Trees’ throughout the world.
YOKO ONO INFINITE UNIVERSE AT DAWN is quarter-bound in soft-grain leather, with a die-cut ‘Hole To See The Sky’. The book’s 340 pages are edged in silver foil and housed in an embossed slipcase.
Postcards, trace pages and other surprises are tipped-in throughout the book. Each of the 1,500 books in the limited edition comes with a removable jigsaw piece. If all the people who bought a book put their pieces together, it would form a complete picture of the sky. In this way, each reader can take home ‘A Piece of Sky’ and become a part of Yoko Ono’s global participatory project.
‘This then, will be your first voyage made intentionally to create your own conceptual world. Have fun.’ – Yoko Ono
YOKO ONO INFINITE UNIVERSE AT DAWN is limited to only 1,500 copies worldwide. Each numbered book is signed by Yoko Ono.
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Yoko Ono in conversation with Jonathan Cott at the launch of INFINITE UNIVERSE AT DAWN.