Angel Kiss / Angel Touch, 2006


Ugo Rondinone

Angel Kiss
Yellow anodized aluminium, stainless steel
322 x 817 x 20 cm

Angel Touch
Nylon thread, glass, beads, magnets
400 x 800 cm

© 2006, Ugo Rondinone

Image copyright Stefan Altenburger

A net can protect you but it can also trap you. It can be a force field. And it’s a situation in which, for once, art has a look about it that is intentionally seductive.

Angel Kiss
Be positive! Live life! Rondinone's artificial sunburst that radiates across one wall of our cafeteria seems to ooze an uplifting spirit, as if telling us: "Everything's going to be alright!" While this work might appear on the surface to have a decorative effect, Angel Kiss exudes its own infectious energy which, as the title suggests, embraces all the things we may not know. "I believe in the spirituality and magic of an artwork", he has said. Rondinone's exuberant work has often referred to cosmic cycles of time and landscape, from his "Mandala" paintings (large canvases of target shaped concentric colour circles) to his paintings of stars, bringing the life of the natural world indoors in order to change the daily experience.

Angel Touch
He has made large neon rainbow signs, disturbingly life-like sculptures of depressed clowns, giant light bulbs made of cast wax, concentric circle paintings and colossal stone giants. Welcome to the impressively diverse world of Ugo Rondinone, whose work veers between euphoria and something more dark. We never quite know how we fit in when we experience these creations. We might feel the same in this Angel Touch, where a beautifully delicate nylon net, weighed down by small white glass pendants that hang off its edges, is suspended from the ceiling of our cafeteria. Rondinone's work often alludes to the natural landscape − sun, moon stars − and the life cycles inherent within. This net is like a precious galaxy that we can gaze up to and lose ourselves in, as the angels look down, perhaps.