"Wind in the House, Wind in the Trees" (08/01/05- 26/02/05) Galerie Almine Rech, Paris.

The medium of sound in its "pure" form is independent of visual components. Some pieces involve the use of spoken words; others are based on music; still others are wrought from ambient or fabricated sound.
Stephen Vitiello is among the most versatille younger artists in the medium. Born in New York in 1964, he started playing in punk and noise bands in the 1970's, then collaborated on projects with the multimedia artist Tony Oursler. In 1991, when he organized a concert with the video artist Nam June Paik and the Bad Brains, an African-American postpunk band, he was introduced to Fluxus performance. In the late 1990's, he began to operate as a solo artist and composer of site-specific work, in which sound was produced by, and occupied, physical space.
His piece "World Trade Center Recordings: Winds After Hurricane Floyd", derives from a 1999 artist residency on 91st floor of Tower One, where for months he recorded sounds inside and outside the building, including its structural movements during a storm.
Although by art-world standards the sources of Stephen Vitiello's work are unorthodox - he cites one of them as "being 14 and almost inside the speakers at the Palladium during the Clash's first U.S tour" - he is an integral part of a contemporary lineage that includes, in addition to Fluxus, figures like Bruce Nauman and Vito Acconci.

(from the article published in The New York Times of June 28 2002.)

Source : www.galeriealminerech.com/

Photos by Goran Vejvoda

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