Platform for Art is pleased to announce a new series of posters as part of its Contemporary Projects programme. Produced by internationally renowned artist Ugo Rondinone, they will appear randomly throughout the London Underground network over the next few months. Their appearance coincides with the artist’s exhibition, zero built a nest in my navel, at the Whitechapel Gallery.
Rondinone’s new commission for Platform for Art is a series of images created from haikus that the artist has been writing daily and transferring onto canvas. These meditative word-pictures draw the viewer into speculating on their meaning, reflecting one of the major themes of Rondinone’s work – the search for authentic experience.
Described as a visionary trapped by reality, Rondinone takes us on a journey through the doors of perception. Working across different media and styles, he references literature, music and theatre as well as the visual arts, creating sensory and theatrical installations in which transcendent inner worlds and earthbound life collide. His works reflect on the conflict between reality and a world of mirrors, dreams and artifice.
Ugo Rondinone first came to international attention in the early 1990s with installations combining photography, video, painting, drawing, sculpture and sound. He combines works possessing an up-beat, pop sensibility with others that reflect a mood of longing and disconnection.
This project is a collaboration between Platform for Art and the Whitechapel Gallery to coincide with zero built a nest in my navel, Ugo Rondinone’s Whitechapel Gallery exhibition (24 January – 26 March).