‘Rock’n Roll (Sisyphus – Part II)’, Hammered copper sheet, steel, shopping cart300 × 90 × 60 inches

*Due to limited staff and equipment availability resulting from the Covid 19 pandemic, this work was de-installed on May 5, 2020 before the exhibition closed on May 17, 2020.

Marius Ritiu’s ‘Rock’n Roll (Sisyphus – Part II)’ is a towering oblong hammered-copper rock sitting in a Costco shopping cart that the artist imagines as a meteorite fallen from interstellar space. Inspired by a surreal chance encounter with an outlying boulder on a street in Antwerp and its subsequent rescue by shopping-cart, the artist re-creates a similar scene at Socrates. Mottled with various glimmering patinas of blue-greens, pinks, and browns, the rock evinces an alchemical and otherworldly aura.

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Photography by Scott Lynch



Oct 5, 2019 – May 17, 2020 The Socrates Annual 2019