Posted on: Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Creative Time is currently featuring Ugo Rondinone's ice-dipped, enamel white trees as part of its Art on The Plaza public works project. Perfect timing given the arctic blast that we are all experiencing in the Northeast this week.
"air gets into everything even nothing & get up girl a sun is running the world" is on view from February 1 - April 30, 2007 in the wind-whipped plaza in front of the Ritz Carlton in lower Manhattan. The sculptures are cast from olive trees found in the countryside outside of Naples, the hometown of the artist’s parents, and then fabricated in aluminum and coated with a milk white enamel.
In Rondinone’s words, “What interests me about the two 2000-year-old olive trees is the fact that once they are cast bare naked they become a memoriam of condensed time. Through a cast olive tree you can not only experience the lapse of real time, that is lived time, frozen in its given form, but through this transformation also a different calibrated temporality. Time can be experienced as a lived abstraction, where the shape is formed by this accumulation of time and wind force. If my work in general has a nonlinear approach to the world, then the system and concept of time, which has occupied my work since the beginning, gives me a certain sense of grounding.”
For more information on Creative Time's projects, including Doug Aitken's multimedia installation 'sleepwalkers',
go to: http://creativetime.org