New York

Vito Acconci

Nature Morte Gallery

For two decades Vito Acconci has been on the cutting edge of artistic experimentation and innovation while consistently addressing questions about the membranes of art and architecture. His productions have been abundantly varied, yet they have manifested a progressive, processional evolution: Acconci permits incremental discoveries and new information to inform each successive work. In the past several years he has created furniture and architecture that invite and in fact require active manipulation by his audience. The spectator must perform an action to assemble the work, and to realize its multidimensional quality. In the two pieces of furniture shown here active manipulation is not required, but absolute involvement is: each piece must be crawled on and within, and the temptation to do so is irresistible. These pieces are bold and bizarre, testing conventional boundaries of expectation,

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