aluminum ladders, pup tent, rubber tires, wooden doors
The compact shelter constructed of discarded materials sits in an inner city garden, lush with flowers and foliage behind a plain wooden fence. Four chair backs, made from aluminum ladders, hold up a pitched roof consisting of two doors in a wooden frame. Between the chairs is a pup tent which doubles as a table base. Climbing one of the ladders up into the attic-room, you find rubber tires fastened closely together to form a hammock. An American sculptor, performance artist, and video artist, Vito Acconci received his MFA from the University of Iowa in 1964. Initially writing poetry, he began to create visual work (specifically, photographic records of actions) in 1969. During the first half of the 1970's, Acconci staged a number of activities and performances, and during the second half of the 1970's, he created audio/visual installations. In the 1980's, Acconci transitioned to permanent sculptures and installations and became interested in combining natural and mass-produced objects to create sculpture and furniture.