Not Vital, Dirigerer


The portfolio title, dirigerer, translates to “conducted” in Danish. The works included were executed by Vital using actual symphony conductor batons. With each chosen symphony playing, he dipped the tips of the batons into the ink and conducted each symphony himself by drawing on the lithograph stone. Being a connoisseur of classical music, Dirigerer is Vital’s interpretation of the symphonies. Included are: Sibelius’s Finlandia, Opus 26 and Symphony No. 5 in E flat major, Opus 82, Tempo molto moderato; Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Opus 23, In the Wedding Garden and Arabian Dance; and Carl Nielsen’s Maskarade, Overture.

The relation to the automatic writing of the Surrealists, to the Henri Michaux’s mescaline-influenced drawings to the action-painting, trance-like action of Pollock can be found in the act of creating these prints by Not Vital. Form is of secondary importance to Vital. Focus instead is placed on the genuineness and the inner strength of the ideas, both themes that will be made visible through this exhibition. With this body of work, Vital accesses something as familiar as classical music and takes it out of context to form a whole new story. This portfolio is about mark-making and visualizing the music through the making of marks.

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