An image of what do you want?

Ugo Rondinone

(Switzerland 1964 – )

what do you want?

Not on display
Further information

Spanning a broad array of material practices and media, Ugo Rondinone’s works are often unsettling and deal with themes of isolation and disenchantment. At once distinct and interrelated, the works installed in this room cross-pollinate, shaping a single narrative. The looped conversation of the wall and sound installation ‘what do you want?’ suggests a relationship permeated with miscommunication, doubt and loneliness. Coupled with this soundtrack, the reclining clown in ‘if there were anywhere but desert. wednesday’ appears bored and disaffected. In a similar vein of inversion and directionlessness, ‘all MOMENTS stop here and together we become every memory that has ever been.’ resembles a window, yet rather than opening onto a view, it reflects the interior space back onto itself in sombre black tones.

Time-based media, Installation
wood, mirror, plaster, speakers, sound
429.0 x 650.0 x 5.0 cm overall
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
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