CEILING PAINTING 1966 by Yoko Ono Climb up a ladder. Look at the painting on the ceiling with a magnifying glass, and find the word ‘YES’
Q: How did you meet Yoko?
John Lennon: There was a sort of underground clique in London; John Dunbar, who was married to Marianne Faithfull, had an art gallery in London called Indica, and I’d been going around to galleries a bit on me off days in between records, also to a few exhibitions in different galleries that showed sort of unknown artists or underground artists.
I got the word that this amazing woman was putting on a show the next week, something about people in bags, in black bags, and it was going to be a bit of a happening and all that. So I went to a preview the night before it opened. I went in - she didn’t know who I was or anything - and I was wandering around. There were a couple of artsy-type students who had been helping, lying around there in the gallery, and I was looking at it and was astounded. There was an apple on sale there for two hundred quid; I thought it was fantastic - I got the humor in her work immediately. I didn’t have to have much knowledge about avant-garde or underground art, the humor got me straightaway. It was two hundred quid to watch the fresh apple decompose.
But it was another piece that really decided me for or against the artist: a ladder that led to a painting, which was hung on the ceiling. It looked like a white canvas with a chain with a spyglass hanging on the end of it. I climbed the ladder, looked through the spyglass, and in tiny little letters it said, YES.
So it was positive. I felt relieved. It’s a great relief when you get up the ladder and you look through the spyglass and it doesn’t say NO or FUCK YOU or something.
Daniela or Dan-Yell-A (with a circle around it) came up to stay with us last week and rehearse and play some reunion shows with her teenage punk band the Gr’ups.
We went to Santa Rosa and four bands played before them including a local Santa Rosa band called Ashtray that fancied themselves after Jesse and Anna Joy, the singers for Daniela’s band. Only the Jesse and Anna Joy of 20 years ago. The punk keeps a rolling and I love it. The show was great and a fun time was had by all, well maybe not the waitress and her two friends from the Puerto Rican restaurant we ate at. The waitress recognized Daniela from the TV show and nice Daniela said ” Hey you should come to the punk show I am playing when you are off work”. Waitress and her friends lasted for about four songs and left in horror. Anna Joy said it is good to freak people out. I agree.