• Franz West

    Vancouver Art Gallery
    750 Hornby Street
    May 28–September 5, 2005

    Curated by Bruce Grenville

    Depending on which aspect of his art you emphasize, Franz West is either a contemporary Giacometti or the godfather of relational aesthetics. This show of thirty works consists of three categories: sculpture, furniture, and the artist’s so-called “adaptives,” or Paßstücke, which are the main focus of the exhibition. These variously shaped objects are meant to be handled and worn by gallery visitors, thus turning the viewer into an active performer. In explaining these odd-looking items made of papier-mâché, plaster, or polyester, West claims that they give form to neurotic symptoms: When sporting an “adaptive,” the body is forced into all kinds of strange positions, making tensions and obsessions visible.