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Ugo Rondinone

Long Gone Sole

September 18 - October 30, 2004
522 W 22 Street
Opening Saturday, September 18, 2004

Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Ugo Rondinone: Long Gone Sole, the next exhibition at his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street.

The exhibition will consist of all new sculpture. This will be Rondinone's third one-person exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery. In this exhibition, the artist continues to defy categorization and to embrace a variety of media, including metal, plexiglas, rubber, and cast resin.

Dividing the gallery in half will be a new sculpture, Rain. Layers of chain link stretching from ceiling to floor produce the effect of a wall of metallic rain, seemingly frozen in mid-air as it enters the gallery from above.

In the front half of the gallery, Rondinone will exhibit All Those Doors, a post-and-lintel labyrinth over nine feet high (the size of the artist's freight elevator door) and covering approximately 20 by 30 feet of floor space. Each column is covered with white ink drawings on black plexiglas, images of a raven confined to his apartment, engaging in typical domestic activities, with over 20 scenes in all. Moving in and around the sculpture, the viewer will hear sounds of small bells ringing.

On the walls will be Moonrise, a series of twelve new cast-rubber sculptures, one for each month of the year. Measuring up to four feet across, the sculptures are masks of abstracted human and animal faces.

In the back half of the gallery will be an array of five translucent cast-resin trees. The sculptures were cast from 100-year-old olive trees growing on a hilltop near Naples, near the town where the artist's parents were born.

On the walls, the artist will install three large-scale plexiglas wall reliefs, each measuring nine by six feet, based on the windows in the artist's New York studio. Each will be of a different color—white, green, and gray; black and blue; and orange and yellow—and will take the names Long, Gone, and Sole, respectively.

Ugo Rondinone was born in Switzerland in 1963 and has lived and worked in New York since 1998. He first began exhibiting his work in 1985. Since his last exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery in 2002, Rondinone has had one-person exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Kunsthalle, Vienna; the Kunstverein, Stuttgart; the Museum for Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; and Le Consortium in Dijon. He will have a one-person exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London opening in December 2004, and his work will also be included in the 2004 Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.

Ugo Rondinone: Long Gone Sole will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), through October 30th, 2004.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

For further information or reproductions please contact Sabrina Buell at 212-243-0200.

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