Time plays an active role in the unfolding of Ono's work. Many of his ongoing projects mark time and tell durational stories that marry the past to the present, and throw a gaze into the future.
‘My chief medium is time, and I make collages with time and memory (that of either individual or collective). The work I produce today is a portrayal of the unknown and the known, an acknowledgement of the uncontrollable nature of the world around us and also a chain of hope. I imagine my works to live through time and change over time, so the works naturally take a form of durational experience. Every form will pass away, but there remains the essence. The essence is in an idea, in our thinking and in our imagination. My role as a creator is to give contour to a narrative by helping it make a poetic gesture.'