Alexander Viscio, „Hang Gliding with a LazyBoy”, 2010, Poster
Courtesy Galerie Michaela Stock /Alexander Viscio
Alexander Viscio - Hang Gliding with a LazyBoy
True to his nature of inciting suspicion in the way we read his installations and making the viewer aware of their own spatial relationship to his work and the space they occupy, Alexander Viscio will suspend a Hang Glider from the ceiling of the Michaela Stock Galerie here in Vienna with a 200 pound upholstered reclining sofa chair dangling from it, known by it's trade name in the US as a "Lazy Boy".
For the last 3 decades Viscio has produced a series of works referred to as "Live-Site Installations" that include his own active presence inside the work itself as navigator and less as performer.
This time around silicone, wax, wood, glass and "Montageschaum" or insulation spray foam are the joining agents in this setting and highlight Viscio's penchant for mundane materials to perform in the abstract, using garage technologies to make vehicles for other landscape.
Hang Gliding with a LazyBoy exploits notions of the precarious relationships between high-risk recreational activities and the act of "vegging", doing nothing at all. Which is a critical response to 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 allusion of getting things done when we're really just trying to keep ourselves amused with our surroundings to where we are in a constant mode of risk assessment compared against the return of our investments.