Ugo Rondinone, ‘vocabulary of solitude’, 2014-2016, The Bass

Image rights: Ugo Rondinone, vocabulary of solitude, 2014-2016. Polystyrene foam, epoxy resin, fabric. Image courtesy of the artist.

On loan courtesy of the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich

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