Nature takes center stage in Ugo Rondinone’s sepia drawings. Immersive, tormented compositions where trees are the main protagonists are as radical in today’s world as they were in the days of Caspar David Friedrich. Rondinone’s visual quality transports a primordial spirituality that tethers on the line between the poetic and the surreal. His sceneries are landscapes of the mind rather than actual physical places and fully embrace romanticism’s challenge to rationality in favour of emotion  and intuition. Yet Rondinone’s compositions happen in the studio as if piercing together a fantastical inward dream. Channelling Immanuel Kant’s “Critique of Judgement”, Rondinone makes a clear distinction between the beautiful and the sublime, and uses the dual-chromatic nature of ink, the absence of open spaces as well as the enormity of the canvas to coax us beyond aesthetic beauty into the realm of mystery and ineffability. At Gladstone through October 27.