Ugo Rondinone

Ugo Rondinone, nude (xxxxxxxx), 2011. Wax and earth pigments; 23 1/4 x 39 7/8 x 22 1/8 inches (59 x 101 x 56 cm)

Ugo Rondinone, nude (xxxxxxxxxxxx), 2011. Wax and earth pigments; 30 3/8 x 50 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches (77 x 128 x 59 cm

Ugo Rondinone, nude (xxxxxxxxx), 2011. Wax and earth pigments; 32 x 32 x 25 1/4 inches (81 x 81 x 64 cm)

Ugo Rondinone, "we are poems" installation view, 2011. Gladstone Gallery.

Ugo Rondinone, "we are poems" installation view, 2011. Gladstone Gallery.

Ugo Rondinone, "we are poems" installation view, 2011. Gladstone Gallery.

Currently at Gladstone Gallery, Brussels – Ugo Rondinone: “we are poems”. November 18 – December 22, 2011.

This exhibition will present new sculptures from the nude series, which began in 2010. Consisting of a group of three cast-wax, human-scale figures, these works further explore Rondinone’s interest in the conditions of consciousness and the transience of existence. In contrast to the nude exhibition at Gladstone Gallery’s white cube space in New York, this installation in the domestic environment of the Brussels location shifts the relationship between the sculptures and their surroundings to a more intimate scale. Since the early 1990s, Rondinone has looked to figuration as a means of mining issues of identity and representation both formally and conceptually. His interest in the human subject reveals his inexhaustible questioning of the psychic and emotive depth of self-construction and the underlying conditions of human existence. The figures presented here appear expressionless and remote, seemingly detached from their immediate surroundings in the bare starkness of their forms and their varying poses of hermetic contemplation. Through the primary and exposed state of representation as well as the material composition of his subjects, Rondinone creates a timeless scenario in which sensorial and existential encounters collide.

 

Images and text via Gladstone Gallery.

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