London

Ugo Rondinone, Hell, Yes!, 2001, installation view, fa Projects, London.

Ugo Rondinone, Hell, Yes!, 2001, installation view, fa Projects, London.

London

Ugo Rondinone

Whitechapel Gallery
77 - 82 Whitechapel High Street
January 24–March 26, 2006

Curated by David Thorp

Notorious for his extended sequence of abstract “target” paintings and for a questionable predilection for clowns, “multidisciplinary romantic” Ugo Rondinone generates dreamlike juxtapositions of the prosaic and the improbable that critic Elizabeth Janus has aptly dubbed “parallel realities.” For his first major exhibition in the UK, the Swiss artist has produced two atmospheric environments comprising a total of twenty-four recent paintings and sculptures, nine of which are new. Moodily gothic in tone, the larger of the two installations is laid out around a vast labyrinth of reflective black Perspex and accompanied by an audio recording of a repetitive dialogue about an impending breakup. Alison Gingeras, Gilda Williams, and independent curator David Thorp contribute essays to the catalogue.