The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Outer Circle London NW1 4QW

From Friday, February 16 2018 until Friday, March 9 2018

In 2018 Japanese artist Setsuko Ono will bring her work London for the first time with two solo exhibitions taking place at The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in February and Asia House in March.

The younger sister of Yoko Ono, Setsuko Ono was born in Tokyo and grew up between Japan, Europe, and the United States. Setsuko worked at the World Bank for 28 years, while pursuing a formal art education in Washington, but she only began exhibiting her art once she retired in 2003. The year of her retirement, Setsuko had her first exhibition at the Eighth Havana Biennial. Since then, Setsuko has had 14 permanent public sculptures installed across Havana, Baltimore, Tokyo and at Hara Museum in Japan, but never in London until now.

The London exhibitions will include both sculpture and mixed media paintings, and visitors will be able to view Setsuko’s permanent installations at Hara Museum in Japan using virtual reality goggles.

Setsuko produces steel sculptures characterised by their cut-out shapes, forming opened and closed figures and designs that integrate into the outdoors. The cut-out silhouettes are bent in an animated way, while the cut out negative lets the sunlight and views of nature through.

The delicate, cut out sculptures are created from sheets of steel, which are often wielded by Setsuko. Inspired by meeting her musical hero John Cage as a teenager, and watching his silent performance 4’33”, Setsuko was inspired to make work with no planning, detailed blueprints or preliminary drawings.

Influenced by her PhD in Political Science, and a visit to Palestine in 1967 after 6-day war between Jordan and Palestine, Setsuko’s recent work includes mixed media paintings that reflect her qualified interest in international politics, and topics such as the Syrian migrant crisis.

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