Rudolf Stingel’s new untitled installation
Installation view, Rudolf Stingel, Sadie Coles HQ off site, 21 June – 04 July 2012
Water rings from an ill-placed beer bottle and gradient textures from the overexposure of light seen in the original photo have been included in the work, marring the artists face and clothes. An unknown narrative is suggested by the compromised surface that runs parallel to the image itself. The sum of these parts reads as deterioration and neglect, subverted by the work’s glorified position, making it reminiscent of an altarpiece.
Rudolf Stingel, Untitled (2012). Oil on canvas, 243.8 x 204.5 cm / 96 x 80 ½ in.
Stingel’s disheveled appearance, his sideways,
The red and terracotta colored carpet with an Asian pattern was printed from composite digital images, and installed exclusively for the work. Stingel used the same technique at Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie in 2010. The technique moves viewers into the picture plane, giving the work a participatory element.
Untitled (2012) marries an aesthetic of failure and deterioration with the immaculate creation of new work, and subversive techniques in the latest of Stingel’s signature environments.
Exhibition Site [Sadie Coles]