Opening Tuesday April 4, 2017 at 5-7pm
Gow Langsford Gallery Lorne Street, Auckland
For the first time in New Zealand, Gow Langsford will exhibit a work from the “mountain” series by Swiss born, New York based artist Ugo Rondinone (b.1964). Rondinone works across a wide range of multi-disciplinary media. The thread tying his work together is not the medium itself, but the potential of that medium to perform the unexpected. This is best showcased by his famed candy-coloured rock statues, where we see Rondinone remodelling objects of the everyday banal into artworks that refute their given boundaries, completely reforming viewer expectations.
Featured sculpture, black white orange mountain (2016), tests the boundary between the real and the fake, with the viewer constantly engaged in this interplay. While the stone medium evokes objects found in nature, this is immediately disrupted by bold coatings of industrial paint, bringing the authenticity of the material under question. The amalgamation of the natural versus the man-made is further illustrated in the artist’s precise positioning of the stones, as they defy their usual crushing, weighty properties.
Image: Seven Magic Mountains Installation, Las Vegas, 2016
Gow Langsford | Kitchener Street
Date(s) - 04/04/2017 - 29/04/2017