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Title

if there were anywhere but desert. wednesday

2000


Artist

Ugo Rondinone

Switzerland

1964 -


About

Spanning a broad array of material practices and media, Ugo Rondinone’s works are often unsettling and deal with themes of isolation and disenchantment. At once distinct and interrelated, the works installed in this room cross-pollinate, shaping a single narrative. The looped conversation of the wall and sound installation ‘what do you want?’ suggests a relationship permeated with miscommunication, doubt and loneliness. Coupled with this soundtrack, the reclining clown in ‘if there were anywhere but desert. wednesday’ appears bored and disaffected. In a similar vein of inversion and directionlessness, ‘all MOMENTS stop here and together we become every memory that has ever been.’ resembles a window, yet rather than opening onto a view, it reflects the interior space back onto itself in sombre black tones.


Details


Date

2000


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

fibreglass, paint, clothing


Edition

unique


Dimensions

52.5 x 212.0 x 92.0 cm


Credit

Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

245.2011


Artist information

Ugo Rondinone

Works in the collection

14


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Juliana Engberg, Ugo Rondinone: Clockwork for Oracle, Melbourne, 2004.

Sophie Forbat (Editor), 40 years: Kaldor Public Art Projects, '2003 Ugo Rondinone', pg.192-203, Sydney, 2009, 197 (colour illus.). illustration is an installation view

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 10 (colour illus.), 61. illustration is an installation view

Museum of Contemporary Art, Ugo Rondinone: our magic hour, Sydney, 2003.

Wayne Tunnicliffe (Editor), John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, 314, 316-17 (colour illus.).