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.
mirror, colour plastic gel, wood, paint, mixed media
1/1 + 1 AP
964.0 x 746.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed Certificate of authenticity l.l. corner, black fibre tipped pen "urondinone". Dated l.r. corner, black fibre tipped pen "new york Dec 3, 2013".
Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2016. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Ugo Rondinone
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Seven artists from the John Kaldor Family Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 May 2015–04 Sep 2016
Some mysterious process, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Jun 2020–13 Sep 2020
Referenced in 2 publications
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.