Born 1963, Brunnen, Switzerland
Lives and works in New York, New York, and Zuridi, Switzerland
Ugo Rondinone's installation Roundelay features a hexagonal theater built of
angled walls upon which six videos simultaneously project images of a somber man
and a slightly stricken-looking woman walking separately through the streets of
Paris. Manipulated to vertiginous effect, with rushing perspectives and sharp
angles, the videos follow the progress of these two characters as if they were
traveling through a cubist painting. The score by minimalist composer Philip Glass
seems to echo off the tilting streets and walls, compounding the spatial
disorientation and mood of modernist anomie. As in other works by Rondinone, which
comprise sound pieces, sculptures, drawings, and paintings, as well as videos, there
is a palpable sense of nostalgia in the atmosphere, a feeling of emotional and
psychic loss that accompanies the very physical sensation of being set to wander in
space. Rondinone's second work, the jolly, carnivalesque sign Everyone Gets Lighter
literally sets in lights the allusive title phrase of a recent poem by the storied
poet and performer John Giorno. The entire poem is printed on the label near the
Heyday. Exhibition catalogue. Geneva: Centre d'art contemporain, 1996.
Parkett 52 (1998): 104–43. Special section, including essays by Francesco Bonami, Laura Hoptman, and Jan Verwoert.
Stoner, Russell. Ugo Rondinone: Our Magic Hour. Sydney, Australia: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2003.
Ugo Rondinone. Exhibition catalogue. Vienna: Kunsthalle Wien, 2002.
Where Do We Go from Here? Exhibition catalogue. Dijon, France: Le Consortium, 1997.
Matthew Marks Gallery
Swiss Institute exhibition