the night of lead

aargauer kunsthaus
aarau
may 13, 2010 - august 1, 2010

curated by madeleine schuppli

man.i’m worried.
woman.about what?
m.about you.
w.why?
m.because you seem so… you know.
w.no, i don’t know.
m.i mean it. i’m worried.
w.okay, you are worried. and now?
m.look, i know you’ve been a little mixed up lately.
w.i’m not mixed up. i’m depressed.
m.whatever.
w.whatever.
m.i mean – everything will be allright.
w.that’s such a stupid thing to say. really stupid. how the hell do you know?
m.it just seemed like the thing to say.
w.why say anything?
m.i don’t know.
w.there is nothing to say.
m.what i’m trying to say… is that i don’t want to loose you.
w.you’ve never had me.
m.what do you mean?
w.i don’t know know… i don’t want to live with you anymore.
m.what?
w.you disgust me.
m.what?
w.you disgust me!
m.you mean…
w.i mean - i don’t want you anymore.
m.why?
w.what kind of question is that?
m.what do you mean what kind of question? you are my life!
w.i’m not your life.
m.yes you are!
w.that’s nave.
m.what?
w.nave!
m.nave?
w.naive.
m.naive.
w.yes, naive.
m.i will never love anybody else ever.
w.jesus christ!
m.we had an understanding.
w.a what?
m.an understanding.
w.whatever.
m.whatever?
w.i never said i understood anything.
m.and i deserve some kind of explanation. i mean really – after all we’ve been through.
w.what have we been through?
m.well, everything.
w.everything?
m.it’s… another guy, right?
w.you are so simple.
m.i knew it.
w.you know nothing. it all just seems so empty to me.
m.what does?
w.well, everything.
m.everything.
w.all of this. this house, this life, you.
m.what was that?
w.what was what?
m.did you say something?
w.yes, i said something.
m.i don’t like what you said.
w.you don’t even know what i said.
m.oh yes, i do.
w.what did i say?
m.you disgust me.
w.what?
m.you disgust me!
w.drop dead.
m.what was that? tell me what you said.
w.tell me this, tell me that. give me this, give me that.
m.tell me what you said.
w.you heard what i said.
m.tell me what you said - come on !
w.i said i’ll move out of here.
m.that’s a joke. you wouldn’t know how to take care of yourself.
w.listen, i don’t wanna discuss your problems.
m.then, let’s discuss yours.
w.do i have a problem?
m.of course you do.
w.oh ya? and what do you think my problem is?
m.i think this conversation is going nowhere.
w.and i think you never want to talk about anything.
m.and you think you shit ice cream cones.
w.how dare you! what’s wrong with you? tell me.
m.no, you tell me!
w.i’m worried.
m.about what?
w.about you.
m.why?
w.because you seem so… you know.
m.no, i don’t know.
w.i mean it. i’m worried.
m.okay, you are worried. and now?
w.look, i know you’ve been a little mixed up lately.
m.i’m not mixed up. i’m depressed.
w.whatever.
m.whatever.
w.i mean – everything will be allright.
m.that’s such a stupid thing to say. really stupid. how the hell do you know?
m.it just seemed like the thing to say.
m.why say anything?
w.i don’t know.
m.there is nothing to say.
w.what i’m trying to say… is that i don’t want to loose you.
m.you’ve never had me.
w.what do you mean?
m.i don’t know know… i don’t want to live with you anymore.
w.what?
m.you disgust me.
w.what?
m.you disgust me!
w.you mean…
m.i mean - i don’t want you anymore.
w.why?
m.what kind of question is that?
w.what do you mean what kind of question? you are my life!
m.i’m not your life.
w.yes you are!
m.that’s nave.
w.what?
m.nave!
w.nave?
m.naive.
w.naive.
m.yes, naive.
w.i will never love anybody else ever.
m.jesus christ!
w.we had an understanding.
m.a what?
w.an understanding.
m.whatever.
w.whatever?
m.i never said i understood anything.
w.and i deserve some kind of explanation. i mean really – after all we’ve been through.
m.what have we been through?
w.well, everything.
m.everything?
w.it’s… another woman, right?
m.you are so simple.
w.i knew it.
m.you know nothing. it all just seems so empty to me.
w.what does?
m.well, everything.
w.everything.
m.all of this. this house, this life, you.
w.what was that?
m.what was what?
w.did you say something?
m.yes, i said something.
w.i don’t like what you said.
m.you don’t even know what i said.
w.oh yes, i do.
m.what did i say?
w.you disgust me.
m.what?
w.you disgust me!
m.drop dead.
w.what was that? tell me what you said.
m.tell me this, tell me that. give me this, give me that.
w.tell me what you said.
m.you heard what i said.
w.tell me what you said - come on !
m.i said i’ll move out of here.
w.that’s a joke. you wouldn’t know how to take care of yourself.
m.listen, i don’t wanna discuss your problems.
w.then, let’s discuss yours.
m.do i have a problem?
w.of course you do.
m.oh ya? and what do you think my problem is?
w.i think this conversation is going nowhere.
m.and i think you never want to talk about anything.
w.and you think you shit ice cream cones.
m.how dare you! what’s wrong with you? tell me.
w.no, you tell me!
m.i’m worried.
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list of works



bright shiny morning | UGO RONDINONE

bright shiny morning, 2010
paint on glass
5537 cm × 4700 cm × 4260 cm
touching the void | UGO RONDINONE

touching the void, 2008
pebble, paint
far away trains passing by | UGO RONDINONE

far away trains passing by, 1991
wood, acrylic paint, fabric
dimensions variable
it’s late and the wind carries a faint sound as it moves through the trees. it could be anything. the jingling of little bells perhaps, or the tiny flickering out of tiny lives. i stroll down the side walk and close my eyes and open them and wait for my mind to go perfectly blank. like a room no one has ever entered, a room without doors or windows. a place where nothing happens. | UGO RONDINONE

it’s late and the wind carries a faint sound as it moves through the trees. it could be anything. the jingling of little bells perhaps, or the tiny flickering out of tiny lives. i stroll down the side walk and close my eyes and open them and wait for my mind to go perfectly blank. like a room no one has ever entered, a room without doors or windows. a place where nothing happens., 1999
6 dvds, 6 projections, aluminum, plexiglass, neon, sound
1684 cm × 500 cm × 970 cm
if there were anywhere but desert. tuesday | UGO RONDINONE

if there were anywhere but desert. tuesday, 2002
fiberglass, paint, clothing, glitter
167 cm × 51 cm × 118 cm
zero built a nest in my navel | UGO RONDINONE

zero built a nest in my navel, 2005
wood, burlap, paint, lights, 8 speakers
1000 cm × 400 cm × 1200 cm
lessness | UGO RONDINONE

lessness, 2003
plexiglass, loudspeaker, audio system, sound
400 cm × 280 cm × 40 cm
thank you silence | UGO RONDINONE

thank you silence, 2005
wood, paper, metal grille, motor activity
30 cm × 200 cm × 40 cm
wisdom? peace? blank? all of this? | UGO RONDINONE

wisdom? peace? blank? all of this?, 2007
cast aluminum, white enamel
465 cm × 454 cm × 320 cm
OPEN ground | UGO RONDINONE

OPEN ground, 2010
wood, plexiglass, acrylic paint
189 cm × 359 cm × 4 cm
open GROUND | UGO RONDINONE

open GROUND, 2010
wood, plexiglass, acrylic paint
189 cm × 359 cm × 4 cm
moonrise | UGO RONDINONE

moonrise, 2002
rubber
ø 18 cm
moonrise. west. january | UGO RONDINONE

moonrise. west. january, 2004
rubber
63 cm × 115 cm × 22 cm
moonrise. west. february | UGO RONDINONE

moonrise. west. february, 2004
rubber
61 cm × 118 cm × 30 cm
moonrise. west. march | UGO RONDINONE

moonrise. west. march, 2004
rubber
65 cm × 118 cm × 30 cm
moonrise. west. april | UGO RONDINONE

moonrise. west. april, 2004
rubber
68 cm × 97 cm × 29 cm
moonrise. west. may | UGO RONDINONE

moonrise. west. may, 2004
rubber
60 cm × 102 cm × 27 cm
moonrise. west. june | UGO RONDINONE

moonrise. west. june, 2004
rubber
67 cm × 96 cm × 30 cm
moonrise. west. july | UGO RONDINONE

moonrise. west. july, 2004
rubber
63 cm × 109 cm × 33 cm
moonrise. west. august | UGO RONDINONE

moonrise. west. august, 2004
rubber
60 cm × 115 cm × 37 cm
moonrise. west. september | UGO RONDINONE

moonrise. west. september, 2004
rubber
64 cm × 103 cm × 35 cm
moonrise. west. october | UGO RONDINONE

moonrise. west. october, 2004
rubber
72 cm × 100 cm × 32 cm
moonrise. west. november | UGO RONDINONE

moonrise. west. november, 2004
rubber
71 cm × 102 cm × 30 cm
moonrise. west. december | UGO RONDINONE

moonrise. west. december, 2004
rubber
67 cm × 99 cm × 24 cm
the 23rd hour of the poem | UGO RONDINONE

the 23rd hour of the poem, 2005
wax, pigments
82 cm × 140 cm × 82 cm
the 22nd hour of the poem | UGO RONDINONE

the 22nd hour of the poem, 2005
wax, pigments
82 cm × 140 cm × 82 cm
gone | UGO RONDINONE

gone, 2006
artificially aged clown shoes of leather, wooden nail, paint
60 cm × 100 cm × 25 cm
on butterfly wings | UGO RONDINONE

on butterfly wings, 2006
cast aluminum, burnished steel, sand, incense sticks
5 cm × 7 cm × 1 cm
big mind sky | UGO RONDINONE

big mind sky, 2007
cast bronze, fitted in a duplex wall with blower
6 cm × 16 cm × 1 cm
still.life. (black and white boulder) | UGO RONDINONE

still.life. (black and white boulder), 2008
cast bronze, lead, paint
28 cm × 15 cm × 22 cm
still.life. (two boulders) | UGO RONDINONE

still.life. (two boulders), 2008
cast bronze, lead, paint; 2 parts
12 cm × 7 cm × 10 cm
still.life. (four tangerines) | UGO RONDINONE

still.life. (four tangerines), 2008
cast bronze, lead, paint; 4 parts
6 cm × 4 cm × 6 cm
still.life. (johns fireplace) | UGO RONDINONE

still.life. (johns fireplace), 2008
cast bronze, lead, paint
239 cm × 367 cm × 84 cm
still.life. (two stools) | UGO RONDINONE

still.life. (two stools), 2008
cast bronze, lead, paint; 2 parts
42 cm × 51 cm × 42 cm
twelve sunsets twenty nine dawns all in one | UGO RONDINONE

twelve sunsets twenty nine dawns all in one, 2008
acrylic plaster
32 cm × 30 cm × 1 cm
WE run through a desert on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted | UGO RONDINONE

WE run through a desert on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted, 2008
polystyrene cellular plastics, steel, grout, grit, light-weight concrete
153 cm × 280 cm × 89 cm
we RUN through a desert on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted | UGO RONDINONE

we RUN through a desert on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted, 2008
polystyrene cellular plastics, steel, grout, grit, light-weight concrete
153 cm × 270 cm × 84 cm
we run THROUGH a desert on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted | UGO RONDINONE

we run THROUGH a desert on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted, 2008
polystyrene cellular plastics, steel, grout, grit, light-weight concrete
214 cm × 275 cm × 98 cm
we run through A desert on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted | UGO RONDINONE

we run through A desert on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted, 2008
polystyrene cellular plastics, steel, grout, grit, light-weight concrete
154 cm × 260 cm × 107 cm
we run through a DESERT on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted | UGO RONDINONE

we run through a DESERT on burning feet, all of us are glowing our faces look twisted, 2008
polystyrene cellular plastics, steel, grout, grit, light-weight concrete
172 cm × 270 cm × 98 cm
vague vast void | UGO RONDINONE

vague vast void, 2008
wood, hardware, enamel
171 cm × 260 cm × 12 cm
rising ritual rest | UGO RONDINONE

rising ritual rest, 2008
wood, hardware, enamel
202 cm × 281 cm × 11 cm
next new night | UGO RONDINONE

next new night, 2009
wood, hardware, enamel
201 cm × 291 cm × 15 cm
all absolute abyss | UGO RONDINONE

all absolute abyss, 2010
wood, hardware, enamel
217 cm × 280 cm × 14 cm
dreissigsternovemberzweitausendundacht | UGO RONDINONE

dreissigsternovemberzweitausendundacht, 2008
spray paint on canvas, silkscreen on plexiglass plaque
320 cm × 430 cm
zwölfterdezemberzweitausendundacht | UGO RONDINONE

zwölfterdezemberzweitausendundacht, 2008
spray paint on canvas, silkscreen on plexiglass plaque
320 cm × 430 cm
einundzwanzigsterjanuarzweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

einundzwanzigsterjanuarzweitausendundneun, 2009
spray paint on canvas, silkscreen on plexiglass plaque
320 cm × 430 cm
fünfzehnterfebruarzweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

fünfzehnterfebruarzweitausendundneun, 2009
spray paint on canvas, silkscreen on plexiglass plaque
320 cm × 430 cm
erstermärzzweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

erstermärzzweitausendundneun, 2009
spray paint on canvas, silkscreen on plexiglass plaque
320 cm × 430 cm
zwölftermärzzweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

zwölftermärzzweitausendundneun, 2009
spray paint on canvas, silkscreen on plexiglass plaque
320 cm × 430 cm
dreissigstermärzzweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

dreissigstermärzzweitausendundneun, 2009
spray paint on canvas, silkscreen on plexiglass plaque
320 cm × 430 cm
dritteraprilzweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

dritteraprilzweitausendundneun, 2009
spray paint on canvas, silkscreen on plexiglass plaque
320 cm × 430 cm
siebzehnterjanuarzweitausendundacht | UGO RONDINONE

siebzehnterjanuarzweitausendundacht, 2008
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
18 cm × 22 cm
sechsundzwanzigstermaizweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

sechsundzwanzigstermaizweitausendundneun, 2009
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
18 cm × 21 cm
zweiundzwanzigsteraprilzweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

zweiundzwanzigsteraprilzweitausendundneun, 2009
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
23 cm × 31 cm
neunundzwanzigsteraprilzweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

neunundzwanzigsteraprilzweitausendundneun, 2009
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
17 cm × 22 cm
dreissigsteraprilzweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

dreissigsteraprilzweitausendundneun, 2009
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
15 cm × 20 cm
erstermaizweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

erstermaizweitausendundneun, 2009
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
17 cm × 21 cm
achtundzwanzigstermaizweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

achtundzwanzigstermaizweitausendundneun, 2009
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
31 cm × 23 cm
dreissigstermaizweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

dreissigstermaizweitausendundneun, 2009
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
20 cm × 26 cm
neunundzwanzigstermaizweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

neunundzwanzigstermaizweitausendundneun, 2009
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
32 cm × 24 cm
viertermaizweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

viertermaizweitausendundneun, 2009
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
27 cm × 22 cm
neunterdezemberzweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

neunterdezemberzweitausendundneun, 2009
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
22 cm × 27 cm
siebzehnteraprilzweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

siebzehnteraprilzweitausendundneun, 2009
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
18 cm × 20 cm
dreizehnteraprilzweitausendundzehn | UGO RONDINONE

dreizehnteraprilzweitausendundzehn, 2010
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
16 cm × 20 cm
zweiundzwanzigsteraprilzweitausendundzehn | UGO RONDINONE

zweiundzwanzigsteraprilzweitausendundzehn, 2010
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
23 cm × 30 cm
drittermaizweitausendundzehn | UGO RONDINONE

drittermaizweitausendundzehn, 2010
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
18 cm × 23 cm
achtundzwanzigsteraprilzweitausendundzehn | UGO RONDINONE

achtundzwanzigsteraprilzweitausendundzehn, 2010
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
21 cm × 18 cm
fünfundzwanzigsteraprilzweitausendundzehn | UGO RONDINONE

fünfundzwanzigsteraprilzweitausendundzehn, 2010
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
16 cm × 22 cm
dreizehnterdezemberzweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

dreizehnterdezemberzweitausendundneun, 2009
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
23 cm × 26 cm
zwölfteraprilzweitausendundzehn | UGO RONDINONE

zwölfteraprilzweitausendundzehn, 2010
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
23 cm × 30 cm
siebterdezemberzweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

siebterdezemberzweitausendundneun, 2009
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
25 cm × 20 cm
viertermaizweitausendundzehn | UGO RONDINONE

viertermaizweitausendundzehn, 2010
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
26 cm × 22 cm
fünfterdezemberzweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

fünfterdezemberzweitausendundneun, 2009
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
20 cm × 26 cm
zehnterdezemberzweitausendundneun | UGO RONDINONE

zehnterdezemberzweitausendundneun, 2009
gesso, collage and graphite on linen
20 cm × 25 cm
poem | UGO RONDINONE

poem, 2007
wall drawing, pencil
14 cm × 25 cm
poem | UGO RONDINONE

poem, 2007
wall drawing, pencil
25 cm × 41 cm
poem | UGO RONDINONE

poem, 2007
wall drawing, pencil
9 cm × 89 cm