Today I am looking at Ugo Rondinone.
His name came up on my facebook feed for his haunting show at the Berkeley Art Museum & Film Archive which featured a number of brightly colored clowns and all of the creepy feelings that come with that icon. When I delved a little further to see what the span of the subject matter of his work expands to beyond clowns I was impressed by this perfectly succinct description from Artsy about the swiss artist:
“Ugo Rondinone’s eclectic work balances on the razor’s edge between euphoria and depression.”
One of the frustrating things about trying to summarize his work quickly is that it is all so vastly different: paintings (both gestural and precise applications of paint), drawings, traditional carved sculpture, brightly colored synthetic sculptures spelling out sentimental statements, the list goes on. A sampling from the man that does it all: