PRINT January 1972

“This Is Not Here” (A Report on the Yoko Ono Retrospective at Syracuse)

The mind is omnipresent, events in life never

happen alone and the history is forever

increasing its volume. The natural state of life

and mind is complexity. At this point, what art

can offer (if it can at all—to me it seems) is an

absence of complexity, a vacuum through which

you are led to a state of complete relaxation of

mind. After that you may return to the

complexity of life again, it may not be the same,

or it may be, or you may never return,

but that is your problem . . .

(Yoko Ono, New York, 1966)

The job of an artist is not to destroy but to change the value of things . . . in order to change the value of things, you’ve got to know about life and the situation of the world. You have to be more than a child. That is the difference between a child’s work and an artist’s work. That is the difference between an artist’s work and a murderer’s work. We are artists. Artist is just

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