Not Vital, ‘Sibelius, Symphony No.5 in E flat major, Opus 82, Tempo molto moderato (from the dirigerer portfolio)’, 2004, World House Editions

Portfolio of six lithographs, 2004, five of the six lithographs have been drawn by hand of the artist and printed from stone, the sixth lithograph has been executed by a photo-transfer process from two metal plates adhered to the lithograph stone, all fine, fresh impressions of the only known states, the full sheets, printed on 300gsm cream white wove Arches d'Velin paper, to the edges, five of the six prints are signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil by the artist, the sixth print is signed and inscribed "TAK" in pencil by the artist, executed in an edition of 33 examples (there are also five artist proofs numbered AP 1/5 - AP 5/5, one BAT proof and one Archive proof which is reserved for the collaborators and is not for sale,) printed by the artist with the assistance of Rasmus Urwald, published by World House Editions, South Orange, New Jersey (now Middlebury, Connecticut) and Edition Copenhagen, Copenhagnen, in fine condition, unframed and containted in a hand-made white linen-covered portfolio case.

Each sheet: 32 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches (81.9 x 120.0 cm)

Not Vital executed these works using real symphony conductor batons. With the sounds of the chosen symphony blaring throughout the workshop, the artist dipped the tips of the conductor batons into the ink and actually conducted the symphony himself by drawing on the lithograph stone.

Five of the six lithographs have been executed to the music of three Scandinavian composers:

Sibelius, Finlandia, Opus 26

Sibelius, Symphony No.5 in E flat major, Opus 82, Tempo molto moderato

Grieg, Peer Gynt, Opus 23, In the Wedding Garden

Grieg, Peer Gynt, Opus 23, Arabian Dance

Carl Nielsen, Maskarade, Overture

Signature: Each sheet is signed, dated, numbered and titled by the artist

Publisher: World House Editions, Middlebury, Connecticut

About Not Vital

Painter, sculptor, designer, and architect Not Vital lives as though his life is a work of art, embodying the kind of eccentric and extravagant lifestyle made famous by artists before him like Salvador Dalí. Based in the remote mountains of Switzerland, Not Vital quietly yet prolifically creates surreal and conceptual works. His sculptures are primarily composed of plaster, bronze, marble, silver, and gold, and feature motifs of animals and the natural world. The artist often experiments with the relationship of materials to their surroundings; he once submerged an aluminum camel head underwater. The sculpture was only visible during low tide, exposing the work in a new light.

Swiss, b. 1948