Ugo Rondinone

blue blue blue clock (2012)

Edition of 50
Lead and cathedral glass
31 cm in diameter (12 in)
Accompanied by a numbered certificate signed by the artist
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Ugo Rondinone's 'blue blue blue clock' is part of the artist's series of sculptures collectively called 'clockworks without arms': it is a stained glass clock face with no hands or numbers, made of panels of alternating ultramarine and robin's egg blue cathedral glass, framed in lead. The sculpture suggests our consciousness of time: a clock deprived of hands and numbers seems to be denied its function. The work acts as a reminder that the units of time conceived by humans, and which we use to order and dictate our lives, are ultimately arbitrary.

Themes of time passing and of personal reflection, of mortality and finitude, are typical of Rondinone's work; but 'blue blue blue clock' offers more than just melancholy meditation on life's transience. Rather it inspires to re-consider our conception of time and, as it is intended to be hung in a window and illuminated by natural light, alludes to the pre-digital age, when the passing of the sun across the sky was the only way to track time's passage.
Ugo Rondinone's installations employ a remarkably diverse group of media: he regularly draws on photography, video, painting, drawing, sculpture, and sound to create his meditative, reflective artworks. His installations can be alternately melancholic, characterised by longing and a sense of disconnection, or brimming with ebullient vibrancy, such as his beloved rainbow-coloured sign artworks with such life-affirming messages as "Hell, Yeah!" and "The Dog Days Are Over." His work covers a range of interests, from the psychedelic, to the spiritual or fantastic; he also has a fascination with archetypal forms and concepts. Often described as a visionary, Rondinone's artworks provide miniature escapes which allow viewers to return to reality with a refreshed and enriched perspective.

Ugo Rondinone was born in Brunnen, Switzerland in 1964. He lives and work in New York.