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SculptureCenter is pleased to present a two-person exhibition by Martin Boyce and Ugo Rondinone titled We Burn, We Shiver. Featuring newly commissioned works by both artists, this exhibition creates a sculptural conversation in which public and private space collide and the prosaic meets the romantic. We Burn, We Shiver. will be on view September 7–November 30, 2008 with an opening reception on Sunday, September 7, 4-6pm.

Martin Boyce presents a suspended sculpture composed of standard fluorescent light fixtures in the form of a spider web. Measuring approximately forty by fifty feet, the piece will fill the entirety of SculptureCenter's ceiling space and hang twenty feet above the ground. Boyce has employed the web as a motif for several years, a form that references the urban grid and simultaneously suggests organic order, both possessing the ability to expand infinitely. The sculpture will diverge from an earlier version of the piece in that the web will be irregular, reflecting a broken grid.

Ugo Rondinone presents several works cast in bronze and filled with lead including a fireplace and a river rock. The fireplace is cast from an existing 19th century fireplace and built into a free-standing wall. The exhibition employs displacement as a method to unmoor the familiar from a specific time and place in order to reveal a more psychologically charged state. A romantic image, the fireplace suggests an intimate, domestic space while Boyce's hard, cold fluorescents are indicative of commercial, public spaces. The shift in scale and orientation will create a dreamlike space that telescopes our experience of interior and exterior space.

Martin Boyce is a sculptor based in Glasgow. He has had solo exhibitions at Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt, 2002); Tate Britain (London, 2006); and the Centre Art Contemporain (Geneva, 2007). His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including Sculpture Projects Münster, 2007; UnMonumental at the New Museum (New York, 2007); the Shanghai Biennial (2006), the Lyon Biennial (2004), and Carte Blanche á Ugo Rondinone at Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2007).

Ugo Rondinone is a Swiss artist now living in New York known internationally for diverse bodies of work including sculpture, installation, photography, painting, sound, video and drawing. He has had solo exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery (London, 2006); Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, 2003); Kunsthalle Vienna (2002); and the Musée d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, 2003) in addition to representing Switzerland (with Urs Fisher) at the 2007 Venice Biennale.

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Ugo Rondinone & Martin Boyce
We Burn, We Shiver.

Kuratorin: Mary Ceruti