Box of Smile, Jar of Time and Space (Yoko Ono et al)

Over at Artist’s Books and Multiples, we came across Yoko Ono’s A Box of Smile from 1971.

Boxes (mostly hinged) that each contain a small mirror so that the viewer completes the piece upon seeing his or her reflection. 

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It reminded us of the many kind of conceptual vessels that can hold ideas for us and give us experiences. Like the instructions from Fluxus‘ (the avant-garde art movement of which Ono was a part in the 1960s and 1970s) Daily Do It Yourself Instructions:

Instructions:

1. Identify the happiest feeling of the day.
2. Put it in a jar.
3. Switch it if something happier happens.

 

I have a jar of air from outside my parents long-gone beauty of a house on the southwest coast of Ireland. Captured in that jar is the air from a very specific time and place that will never be again.

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My friend Irene, gone now many years, lived in a log cabin with Zeit und Raum Ist Alles painted over the door, which meant:

Time and Space is All

 

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Before I knew Irene, I’d stop at that strange little cabin and wonder at the sign that said EVERYTHING: A cabin full of time and space.

 

Sally Schneider

 

Shall we take a cue from Yoko in her Fluxus days…

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…and make our own conceptual jar(s) or box(s) of…

SMILE

JOY

GRATITUDE

DREAMS

_________
(fill in blank)

 

Sally Schneider

 

 

 

6 Responses to Box of Smile, Jar of Time and Space (Yoko Ono et al)

  1. Ms. Murray 08.07.2017 at 11:06am #

    Hi Improvised Life! I thought you might be interested in this video on what Jim Carey has been up to in recent years. It is a wonderful contemplation on the mindfulness of color.

  2. Bella 08.07.2017 at 2:01pm #

    Please tell us more about Irene and that cabin. Many thanks from a devoted reader in Tucson.

  3. gallagher 08.07.2017 at 4:31pm #

    Sö nice.

    Thanks for “letting one of your smiles out”.

    We really enjoy this one.
    (again!)

    gallagher

  4. Sally Schneider 08.08.2017 at 12:03am #

    Perfect, thank you so much. I’ve turned it into a post…

  5. Sally Schneider 08.08.2017 at 12:04am #

    One of the most original people I’ve ever met. But it will take some steam to describe her. Soon.

  6. Sally Schneider 08.08.2017 at 12:05am #

    Yes, I guess all these strange little bits I write really are…smiles of a sort.

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