Slow Graffiti

Ugo Rondinone
September 15 – October 31, 2001

If there were anywhere but desert, Monday, 2000
Fiberglass, paint, clothing, glitter
86 x 76 x 122 cm 

Photo © Studio Rondinone

What do you want?, 2001 (left) 
Wooden wall, mirror, plaster (ARDEX, Ardumur 828 wall filler on plaster base), 4 black Loudspeakers, 1 CD player, 1 amplifier, cabling, 1 text CD
550 x 520 cm


If there were anywhere but desert, Monday
, 2000 (right) 
Fiberglass, paint, clothing, glitter
86 x 76 x 122 cm

Photo © Studio Rondinone

Original exhibition invitation

Slow Graffiti

Ugo Rondinone
Schipper & Krome, Berlin
September 15 – October 31, 2001
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Ugo Rondinone's exhibition Slow Graffiti consists of two new works. The exhibition space is dominated by a tessellated mirror partition (5 x 5 meters) which is positioned in a way to reflect the whole room in fragments, or rather to display a distorted picture of the room in which the sculpture, a clown figure made of polyester, leans passively against the wall. 

 

Integrated into the partition there are four loudspeakers playing a dialogue typical of Rondinone. To be heard is a woman's voice from the left and a man's voice from the right channel. 

The Beckett-like one-minute dialogue of the two voices talking at cross-purposes, fit together to make a loop, expresses a depressing purposelessness, regarding content as well as formal aspects. 

 

The confrontation of these two sculptures, unavoidably combined with the distorted reflection of the beholder, results in an atmosphere of neutralisation of activity, stirred only by the tessellated reflection bringing motion or activity into the picture.

 

The cardinal role of the clown, to evoke liveliness, fun and activity, briefly, to entertain, is passé. Whagged, haggard. Questions about heteronomy and self-determination, about strict delimitation and outlined identity press for answers. 

 

Nothing remains unreflected, but a constructive and plot-creating correlation seems impossible. A passive and merely reactive situation, a stalemate symbolises the inevitability of the screen in which the beholder is both a constituent element and a hopelessly passive participant. 

 

Any given and defined behaviour pattern pauses in a gap and remains in apathetic agony. Removal of operative security. Tabula rasa – everything to be reflected upon again and to be taken in...

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