The restless mind of Vito Acconci has always pushed him on to seek new challenges and directions. Continuously hammering at the limitations of the medium he is working on, Acconci has produced a diverse body of work in poetry, performance art, sound, film, sculpture, and photography. Born in the Bronx in 1940, Acconci would initially pool all his energies into writing and language. By the late 60s he was experimenting with photography… Read more
About the artwork
Acting as a visual analysis of how the structuring force of architecture relates to organized space, 5th Ave Give & Take, 1999 uses as its main motif a bustling site of urban activity and plunges it into darkness. Geometric shapes dominate, graphic structures jut out from the facades of buildings, and the lettering is the cheap neon light used in advertising. The artist uses diagrammatic elements to articulate the interaction between citizens and the city itself, between private lives and communal space. It is envisaged as a give and take, an act of breathing, a pulse, a rhythm.