Not Vital: Scarch
January 25, 2020 - May 4, 2020
Hauser & Wirth:
Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton,
Somerset BA10 0NL

Having traveled throughout the United States, Niger, Italy, China, Brazil, and his native Switzerland over five decades, Not Vital has created an oeuvre that reflects the spatial and socio-cultural backdrops of his many adopted homes and workplaces. His quasi-nomadic lifestyle and anthropological curiosities have culminated in a series of socially driven works—including site-specific structures that reflect the exhibition title’s portmanteau of “sculpture” and “architecture”—such as House to Watch the Sunset, a model home built for the sole purpose of contemplating the sunset on every continent. Simpler creations, such as the found roof gutter Chanala da tet and three-dimensional works made from paper speak to his deep-rooted interest in the relationship between architecture, landscape, and human perception.

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