Years within Years (I Love You Always) (Project started in 2014), a photograph of the sunrise is taken each day as a way to acknowledge the uncontrollable nature of the world around us - as well as our own. Each photograph is transferred onto a canvas scroll containing the edge of a person to whom Ono dedicates the work. The height of the installation is determined by the artist's age in relation to his life expectancy at the time of each production. As time passes by, the scrolls grow longer and fewer, and they hang a little closer to the ground. Though the project will eventually end, Ono has left the instructions to let the last produced scroll lie flat on the ground.
Archival pigment print on 17” canvas rolls, wood, strings and time, installation dimensions variable
After Memory (2015-ongoing), is a piece in which Ono repairs broken ceramic bowls and vases using a Japanese tradition of Kintsugi (golden joinery). Ono places them back on a fragile pillar with living plants inside them. They sometimes fall during exhibition and the work is kept broken during the exhibition as instructed by the artist. Once the piece returns to his studio, Ono repairs the broken pieces using the same joinery technique.
Installation views from exhibition Push Pull (2015)
ceramics, pure gold, wood, seasonal flower, evergreen plant, water and soil, installation dimensions variable