Not Vital (Swiss, b. 1948)

Dirigerer (32/33), 2004
Stone Lithograph
32.25 x 47.25 in
Price On Request
Portfolio 32/33.

Not Vital (Swiss, b.1948)
Portfolio of six lithographs
Edition of 33
Each signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil
Each sheet: 5432 1/4 x 47 1/4 inches (81.9 x 120 cm)

Executed in Copenhagen from from 09 - 11 October 2004, the title of this portfolio, dirigerer, means"conducted" in Danish.

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.


Des Moines, Iowa, Steven Vail Fine Arts|Project Room, Not Vital: Dirigerer, 29 July - 21 September 2010 (another example exhibited)


Morain, Michael. "Merging Music, Prints," article in Des Moines Register, 25 July 2010, Arts & Culture section, p.8E

Duncan, Jim. "Art Pimp - Des Moines metamorphoses," article in Cityview Newspaper, 15-21 July 2010, p.53

Rexer, Lyle. "Romancing the Stone," article in Art On Paper, September/October 2005, p.39.


Meaning “conducted” in Danish, multi-media Swiss artist Not Vital (pronounced Note VEE-tal) created the works from the dirigerer portfolio using actual symphony conductor batons. Standing in front of a propped lithograph stone, with the resemblance of a musical lectern, and with the sounds of his chosen symphony resonating throughout the print workshop, Not Vital dipped the tips of the batons into a bowl of printer’s ink and actually conducted the symphony, for its entire duration, by drawing on the lithograph stone.

By actually immersing himself within his chosen score, the transitive act of mark-making by Not Vital not only gives a physical presence to sound, the symphony, as heard by the artist, but the performative process of interpreting the sound into a physical work of art pays homage to the automatic writing of the Surrealists, to the gestures of Jackson Pollock and even to the LSD and mescaline induced drawings of Henri Michaux.

Five of the six lithographs from the dirigerer portfolio 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

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