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.
fibreglass, paint, clothing
52.5 x 212.0 x 92.0 cm
Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© the artist
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 18 Apr 2003–06 Jul 2003
Ugo Rondinone: Our Magic Hour, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, 25 Jun 2003–31 Aug 2003
Ugo Rondinone: Clockwork for Oracle, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, South Bank, 28 Jan 2004–07 Mar 2004
Seven artists from the John Kaldor Family Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 May 2015–04 Sep 2016
Hyper Real Sculpture 1973-2016, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 20 Oct 2017–18 Feb 2018
Referenced in 5 publications
John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, 314, 316-17 (colour illus.).
40 years: Kaldor Public Art Projects, '2003 Ugo Rondinone', pg.192-203, Sydney, 2009, 197 (colour illus.). illustration is an installation view
Ugo Rondinone: Clockwork for Oracle, Melbourne, 2004.
Ugo Rondinone: our magic hour, Sydney, 2003.
Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 10 (colour illus.), 61. illustration is an installation view