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
Constructed entirely from printed paper, the urban space depicted in Acconci's piece links the linguistic with the visual. Indeed, one can sense a direct relationship between the printed words and the composition of the work. The phrase "the end (dissolution) of" is cut off by the sharp corner of a building, an effective abandoning of the sentence, both in syntactical and structural terms. Language becomes architecture, the building blocks of our thinking materialized in physical form.