Sitting…Blocks, 1965-1966. Tempera on vinyl and wood, 10 blocks, 38 x 38 x 38 cm (each).
Aurel Scheibler, in collaboration with The Öyvind Fahlström Foundation, presents the solo exhibition by Öyvind Fahlström (1928–1976) featuring his first variable sculpture, Sitting…Blocks from 1965-66. It is the first time this important work is presented in Germany since it was shown in 1968 at documenta IV in Kassel. A selection of his works from the 1960s and 1970s also are on view.
One of the most complex and extraordinary artists of his time, Öyvind Fahlström is regarded today as a pioneer of interactive multimedia art. Fahlström started his Sitting… series shortly after he moved to New York in 1961. It signifies a new period in Fahlström’s work in which he invented “variable painting” and began to express meanings and events solely with the use of abstract character-forms.
In the first work of the series, Sitting… (1962), Fahlström started using figurative elements and created a complex pictorial space in which many events happened at the same time, overlapping and influencing each other.
The subsequent work, Sitting…Six months later (1962) was Fahlström’s first variable painting. In these works, painted elements could be attached to a painted panel with magnets, string or inserted in slits in the panel. Theoretically, they could be arranged in any configuration. Continue reading “Aurel Scheibler exhibits Öyvind Fahlström’s first variable sculpture Sitting…Blocks from 1965-66 – Berlin – 08.04.2017-24.06.2017 – 11535”