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An image of clockwork for oracles by Ugo Rondinone
Alternate image of clockwork for oracles by Ugo Rondinone Alternate image of clockwork for oracles by Ugo Rondinone

Ugo Rondinone

(Switzerland 1964 – )

Title
clockwork for oracles
Year
2011
Media category
Installation
Materials used
mirror, colour plastic gel, wood, paint, mixed media
Dimensions

964.0 x 746.0 cm

Credit
John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Accession number
L2011.81.a-zz
Copyright
© Ugo Rondinone
Location
Contemporary galleries
Further information

Although brightly coloured, Ugo Rondinone’s materially diverse works have a melancholy undertone and present viewers with the inevitable passing of time. The site-specific installation ‘clockwork for oracles’ invokes the latter in both its title and in the 52 pieces that make up the work, corresponding to the number of weeks in the year. The newsprint papering this wall also invokes a specific time – namely the date on which the newspaper was printed – while the reflective surfaces of each opaque window-like form reflect the viewer back to themselves. Collectively, these references to time’s passing and personal reflection engage themes of mortality and finitude.

Bibliography (2)

Wayne Tunnicliffe (Editor), John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, 314, 326 (colour illus.).

Wayne Tunnicliffe, Look, 'Kaldor and contemporary', pg.26-29, Newtown, Apr 2011, 28.