Ursula von Rydingsvard Finds Courage in Color
by Ian Forster | Nov 29, 2013
Artist Ursula von Rydingsvard applying a patina to a section of her bronze sculpture Ona. Production still from the series Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Ian Forster
“My biggest hope is that I get more courage, I get more trust in myself, I get more faith, that I’m able to do things that maybe I wasn’t able to do before.” —Ursula von Rydingsvard
In this Exclusive episode, filmed in August 2013, Ursula von Rydingsvard discusses her large-scale sculpture Ona, which is permanently installed outside of Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Originally made with cut cedar beams, the sculpture was cast in bronze at the Polich Tallix Fine Art Foundry, where von Rydingsvard is shown applying a patina to its undulating surface. By installing the work in a public space without security guards or barricades, von Rydingsvard is encouraging visitors to touch the work and “see with one’s hands.”
Exclusive is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; 21c Museum Hotel, and by individual contributors.
As a producer and director, Ian Forster creates documentary content for Art21’s various digital and broadcast programs. Since joining the organization in 2009, he has worked on four seasons of Art in the Twenty-First Century
and the Peabody Award-winning film William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible
. Additionally, he has overseen the digital series Extended Play
since 2012, producing over 100 short artist portraits. Forster created the online video series Artist to Artist
in 2013, which has since featured artists in conversation with their peers at international biennials in Italy, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.