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Ugo Rondinone
June 28 – September 22, 2002

Front:
if there were anywhere but desert. tuesday, 2002
Fiberglass, paint, clothing, glitter
167 cm × 51 cm × 118 cm

 

Back:
achtermaizweitausendundzwei, 2002
Acrylic airbrush on canvas, silkscreen on plexiglass plaque
ø 220 cm

 

Photo © Studio Rondinone

no how on, 2002
46 pillars, mirror, paint, 6 dvds, speakers, sound
Dimensions variable

 

Photo © Studio Rondinone

no how on, 2002
46 pillars, mirror, paint, 6 dvds, speakers, sound
Dimensions variable

 

Photo © Studio Rondinone

no how on, 2002
46 pillars, mirror, paint, 6 dvds, speakers, sound
Dimensions variable

 

Photo © Studio Rondinone

no how on, 2002
46 pillars, mirror, paint, 6 dvds, speakers, sound
Dimensions variable

 

Photo © Studio Rondinone

Exhibition view: no how on, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, 2002

 

Photo © Studio Rondinone

Exhibition view: no how on, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, 2002

 

Photo © Studio Rondinone

no how on

Ugo Rondinone
Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
June 28 – September 22, 2002
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The artist, Ugo Rondinone, born 1963 in Switzerland and currently living in New York, is a multimedia romantic. He creates suggestive atmospheres by means of highly artificial installations, which have a direct affect on the contemporary feeling for life. Colored lights and seductive music may beguile the observer, but closer inspection of the environments of the photos, sculptures, texts, pen drawings, and filmstrips reveals the odd ruptures and irritating alterations that are always present in Rondinone’s pictorial world.

 

His technique consists of a highly complex system of sampling and survival: references back to the history of art, film, and design influence his pictorial language as much as a distinctive sense of poetry and music. Rondinone does not show his work merely in the context of the art institute, but, rather, he presents it on his own specially prepared stages, in cubes, chambers, and walls that are constructed of wood planks; coarse, sometimes untreated, sometimes painted in crème color. With this strategy of distancing, Rondinone spatially creates a feeling of isolation and loneliness. In his confusingly beautiful installations, the artist takes an exemplary role: in the photos he acts not only as an androgynous being, but also as a hybrid dandy, oblivious clown, or extroverted melancholic.

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