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.
Curator insights - Contemporary galleries what do you want?
wood, mirror, plaster, speakers, sound
2/2 + 1 AP
429.0 x 650.0 x 5.0 cm overall
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© the artist
Shown in 1 exhibition
Ugo Rondinone: Our Magic Hour, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 25 Jun 2003–31 Aug 2003
Referenced in 3 publications
Sophie Forbat (Editor), 40 years: Kaldor Public Art Projects, '2003 Ugo Rondinone', pg.192-203, Sydney, 2009, 196 (colour illus.). 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, 324-25 (colour illus.).