PAINTING TO BE STEPPED ON: Leave a piece of canvas or finished painting on the floor or in the street. 1960 winter. The instructions gave me the freedom to do all sorts of things that you can’t do in the material world. For instance, to mix three paintings in your head: you can’t do that successfully in reality. With instructions, you can make a painting of four dimensions, five dimensions, even six dimensions. The point is, you can fly in your head.
Yoko Ono, Painting to Hammer a Nail Many of us think of Yoko as an annoyance that broke up the Beatles but before she met John (and after) she was a successful conceptual artists. In this piece, Painting to hammer a nail, written instructions directing the viewer to hammer a nail into the painting--this work was created by the viewers but the idea conceived by Yoko. She was one of the first "Happening" artists and was truly a pioneer for Japanese women artists!