Galerie Forsblom, May 5 – August 12, 2017
Opening with the artist in attendance on May 4 between 5 pm – 7 pm
Galerie Forsblom has the great pleasure of presenting an exhibition of sculptures
and new paintings by the Swiss artist Not Vital (b. 1948). Vital’s conceptual
sculptures skirt the shifting borderland between dream and reality. He fuses
abstract and figurative idioms in a harmonious, meditative union. Vital’s oeuvre
expresses his respect for handcraft traditions, yet he also uses industrial
production methods. His works combine reflective surfaces and natural stone,
organic forms and non-organic matter. His HEAD sculptures are portraits of
specific people, yet in their extreme minimalism they can be interpreted as
universal portraits of the human condition.
Vital’s three-dimensional pieces are sometimes an amalgamation of architecture
and sculpture. Taking a keen interest in anthropology, Vital is an avid traveler
whose work integrates natural elements and expresses respect for local cultures.
Working together with engineers and architects, the artist is known for creating
environments that renew the functions of architecture and explore the
philosophy of housing and use of space in locations as diverse as a the deserts
of Niger, alpine valleys in Switzerland and a marble island in Patagonia.
Vital was active on the New York art scene in the 1980s. He was part of the
Venice Biennale in 2001. His work is found in numerous major international
collections including New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. He recently held his largest
European exhibition to date, in May 2016 – January 2017, at the Yorkshire
Sculpture Park, UK.