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Title

clockwork for oracles


Artist

Ugo Rondinone

Switzerland

1964 -


About

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.


Details


Date

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


Artist information

Ugo Rondinone

Works in the collection

14


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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, Sydney, Apr 2011, 28.