This is one of the strangest hours I have ever passed. However, it is also one of the funniest and most heart-wrenching.
The end result, while doubtless different each day, is often poignant and at times wonderful
This is most definitely conceptual art, but it is never taken too seriously. Art is allowed to be funny here, rendering it all the more enjoyable. Ridiculous things are allowed to be taken as such, and there is clearly no expectation for us to attempt to seriously analyse what we are seeing. Wood uses different means and media to explore his topic, with surreal and humorous touches throughout. He particularly uses the small details of his set-up to great effect, demonstrating the amount of care within this seemingly random performance.
The audience is necessarily a part of this show - something Wood achieves with ease. He is so likeable throughout that he has little trouble enlisting audience members to assist in his unorthodox exploration. The end result, while doubtless different each day, is often poignant and at times wonderful. A particularly memorable discussion between Wood and one audience member regarding how he fell in love will stay with this reviewer for a long time. This, and the majority of the show, is achieved by following the instructions laid down by Ono, making it a true homage whilst having very little discussion of the woman herself. Note, however, that this is an acquired taste - if you’re not willing to check your cynicism at the door, it will be difficult to fully appreciate the method behind Wood’s madness.
Overall, the combination of Wood’s skills as a physical and verbal performer, along with the quality of the devised piece itself, make Jamie Wood - O No! a funny, intimate, and utterly mad space.