Still Life Bread (2009) by Ugo Rondinone, via Sadie Coles
Now on view at Sadie Coles in London is Ugo Rondinone’s ‘Nude.’ The Swiss artist displays new sculptures from his ongoing ‘still.life.’ series. Objects such as tree trunks, walnuts, potatoes and other objects normally found in still-life paintings are cast in lead-filled bronze and displayed throughout the gallery.
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Installation View (2009) by Ugo Rondinone, via Sadie Coles
Rodinone’s minimalist arrangements refer back to the show’s title revealing subject matter that is stripped down to the bare minimum. The use of such perishable and simple items echos techniques employed by the Arte Povera movement during the 1960s. At the same time the artist seemingly plays on the idea of the ready-made by fabricating such objects in lead and bronze and situating them outside of their everyday context.
Installation view (2009) by Ugo Rondinone, via Sadie Coles
The pine tree sculptures elongate the gallery floor and wall almost as if they were architectural framework. The lines of potatoes and walnuts exude feelings of isolation and heaviness; they appear to be self-contained and weighed down in space.
Pine Tree Laying in the Corner (2008) by Ugo Rondinone, via Sadie Coles
The objects seem to resist the passage of time; their lead-filled core constitutes a permanent stay toward any impending change. The works express feelings of isolation and passivity often found in Rondinone’s art.
Four Small Potatoes in a Line (2009) by Ugo Rondinone, via Sadie Coles
Ugo Rondinone was born in 1964 and has exhibited in major international galleries and museums. Recent solo shows include the Festival of d’Automne in Paris (2009); the 2007 52nd International Art Biennale in Venice, Italy; Art on the Plaza in New York presented by Creative Time of New York in 2007; and at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in 2006. In 2007, Rondinone curated the exhibition The Third Mind at the Palais de Toyko in Paris.
Five Big Potatoes in a Line (2009) by Ugo Rondinone, via Sadie Coles
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