Rondinone’s art is wide ranging in style, and at any one point in time he can be working with both abstraction and figuration. In this interview he talks about how his abstract ‘Target’ paintings were produced alongside his detailed, naturalistic paintings of landscapes.
‘From the beginning there was a dual system in place’ he explains. ‘I became an artist because I felt that you have a certain freedom to build up your world, and, from the beginning, when I showed the target or the landscape, every connotation to the social world was blended out, to isolate you, to give you freedom of contemplation. In that sense, it is a spiritual device.’
‘I do believe in the spirituality of art’, says Rondinone. ‘You don’t have to understand art, but you have to feel it.’
Two works by Rondinone are offered in A Visual Odyssey: Selections from LAC (Lambert Art Collection): a target, NR. 293 SIEBTERJANUARZWEITAUSENDUNDDREI and a landscape, NO. 176 NEUNZEHNTERMAERZWEITAUSENDUNDNULL.
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