Ugo Rondinone, ‘small white red blue mountain’, 2017, The Kitchen

Courtesy of the Artist and Gladstone Gallery.

This small stack of white, red, and blue painted stones by Ugo Rondinone recalls both geological formations such as rock shire—or “hoodoo”—outcroppings and abstract compositions. This piece, part of the artist’s Mountain series, defies gravity with its seemingly precariously arranged components, evoking the meditative practice of rock balancing. Situated within the tradition of Land Art, Rondinone’s work considers the relationship between the natural world and the human condition, drawing on tenets of romanticism and existentialism to celebrate the sublimity of environmental phenomena. A major installation of his large-scale mountains was commissioned by Art Production Fund in 2016, and is on view in the Mojave Desert until 2018. –Courtesy of The Kitchen


Signature: Bottom of pedestal

Image rights: Courtesy of the Artist and The Kitchen.

About Ugo Rondinone

Ranging from installations to psychedelic paintings to large-scale drawings, Ugo Rondinone’s eclectic work balances on the razor’s edge between euphoria and depression. His signature incandescent colors and Pop references, as in his rainbow-hued and neon-lit sign pieces, turn cultural clichés (“Hell, Yes!”) into material for a contemporary Arte Povera, recycling old catchphrases, repurposed cement, or cast-off clothes. Similarly, his sculptures often transform everyday objects by casting them in bronze, giving them an artificial permanence that both underscores and denies their perishability. Rondinone represented Switzerland in the 52nd Venice Biennale.

Swiss, b. 1964, Brunnen, Switzerland, based in New York, New York