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"Hang Gliding with a LazyBoy" 2010
Through out the last decade Alexander Viscio has produced a series of works referred to as “Vehicles for Another
Landscape” that include his own active presence inside the work itself as navigator and less as Performer. True to his
nature of inciting suspicion in the way we read his installations, Viscio makes the viewer aware of their own spatial
relationship to his work and the space they occupy.
This time around a Hang Glider is suspended from the
ceiling of the Michaela Stock Galerie in Vienna with a
reclining sofa chair dangling from it, (it’s upholstery
becoming the fabric for the hang glider), known by its
trade name in the USA as a “Lazy Boy”.
|“Hang Gliding with a LazyBoy”, Installation view. 300 x 600 x 200cm
|“Gilmore’s Last Tattoo”, Chili peppers. 80 x 80cm.
|“Hang Gliding with a LazyBoy”, Installation view. 300 x 600 x 200cm.
|“The Sarcophagus of a LazyBoy”, 80 x 177 x 20cm.
|“Brainwaves of a Recliner”, 57 x 57cm. Silicone and paint on glass.
|The Flying Piñatas, “Fe” and “Esperanza”.
|“Fe”, Wood, wax and insulation spray foam. 40 x 85 x 25cm.
|“Otard Dupuy”, Ink jet print with leather frame. 46.5 x 43.5 x 2cm.
|“Otard Dupuy”, Ink jet print. Print edition, 1 of 7. 18 x 15cm.
|Hang Glider, Wood, leather from the LazyBoy and steel wire. 600 x 200cm.
|LazyBoy, before being stripped, outside on the terrace.
|Opening Night; Michaela Stock, Christiane Spatt…
|“Hang Gliding with a LazyBoy” exploits the precarious relationships
between high-risk recreational activities and the act of “vegging”, doing
nothing at all. It challenges the multi tasking agenda we’ve accepted to
perform at a high level of engagement with a diverse arsenal of gadgets
that help uphold the illusion of getting things done when we’re really just
trying to keep ourselves amused with our surroundings while in a
constant mode of risk assessment compared against the return of our
All images courtesy
Michaela Stock Galerie
and Alexander Viscio
Hang Gliding with a LazyBoy, 2010©