New York

Vito Acconci

Carpenter + Hochman

Over the past few years Vito Acconci has become increasingly involved in public projects, a fact responsible, in part, for the infrequency of his gallery shows. I sense that his recent exhibition of sculptures should be interpreted in this light; most of the exhibited works are publicly impractical, yet evade the normal compass of collectors. Instead, they appear to be intended as heuristic exercises, testing boundaries between art and architecture, sculpture and furniture, and esthetic and social issues.

A rich mix, that, but not without precedent: all of the works deal with Acconci’s interest in viewer participation, in bridging the barrier,common in esthetics, between subject and object. The viewer is invited to enter, perambulate, and variously use the sculpture, transmuting artwork into functional object. Many pieces employ seating arrangements, becoming furniture: the raised circular

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