U G O  R O N D I N O N E

the thoughtful

Bluestone and stainless steel

with concrete pedestal

653 x 198 x 94 cm

Executed in 2015

 

A B O U T   T H E   A R T I S T

Ugo Rondinone (born 1964) is a Swiss-born mixed-media artist living and working in New York. His practice spans sculpture, painting, installation, and film, and draws inspiration from nature, spirituality and the everyday to create playful works that blur the boundary between fiction and reality.

 

A B O U T   T H E   A R T W O R K

Like Yoshitomo Nara’s Miss Forest/Thinker, this sculpture is an anthropomorphic being linking nature with the realm of thought and reflection. Made of heavy stacked boulders, the thoughtful is a gentle giant, simple, rough, and reflective. Situated in this open-air, natural habitat, the thoughtful seems to emerge from primitive times, as if excavated from a bygone pre-historic era. This contemporary artwork mimics the vernacular of Stone Henge; a monument by the first men, reimagined by a man of today. Its primal appearance is further enhanced by the natural finish of the stones which are roughly and minimally chipped away at to reveal the stone’s erosion by time and the elements. The bluestone used by Rondinone is naturally formed from sand-sized minerals dating from 350 million years ago. In this way, Rondinone creates a seemingly ancient sculpture brand-new, a time-worn colossus that echoes the history of mankind and the history of art and ritual like a time capsule into another world.

 

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