360 Speaker Series: Not Vital

March 29, 2014
2 pm

A lifetime of traversing the globe, constantly engaging with local cultures and makers, has made an indelible mark on Not Vital’s practice, and an endless curiosity for engagement with new experiences, places and people remains at the heart of his work.
The Nasher’s ongoing speaker series features conversations and lectures on the ever-expanding definition of sculpture and the minds behind some of the world’s most innovative artwork, architecture, and design.  

Free with admission. Free for Members. Complimentary wine reception with RSVP.

Acclaimed Swiss artist and sculptor Not Vital is an aesthetic alchemist who delights in mixing up improbable combinations of materials – metal, plaster, fiberglass, tea, coal, animal remains, melted pink Camay soap – in his quest to transmute the base into the sublime. A lifetime of traversing the globe, constantly engaging with local cultures and makers, has made an indelible mark on Vital’s practice, and an endless curiosity for engagement with new experiences, places and people remains at the heart of his work. 

Not Vital Biography
Born in 1948 in Sent, a village in the Lower Engadin region of Switzerland, Not Vital trained as an artist in both Paris and Rome. This marked the beginning of decades of travel, having bases as diverse as New York, USA; Cairo, Egypt; and Lucca, Italy, amongst many others. Vital currently divides his time between studios in Sent; Beijing, China; Agadez, Niger; and Patagonia, Chile. Past and current projects include a sculpture park in his home village of Sent, a series of building sculptures in Agadez and the island of NotOna in Patagonia.

Sponsors
Support for the 360 series is underwritten in part by Sylvia Hougland, in honor of her husband, Curtis Hougland.

Supported in part by: Dallas Arts District Foundation

Media Partner: Glasstire