Veto Vito is a portrait of Vito Acconci.
Vito Acconci, now 74, is a poet, architect, and conceptual artist, known for his seminal performance pieces of the early 1970s, which used his own body as both subject and tool.
In Hand and Mouth, he repeatedly forced his fist into his mouth until he gagged. In Trademarks, he bit his own skin, and then made prints from the bitemarks left by his teeth. In Seedbed, while visitors walked around an empty gallery, he hid below the floor, vocalizing sexual fantasies and masturbating. Increasingly, his work began to implicate the viewer as being part of each piece, which eventually led Vito to public art and architecture, to which he’s been committed ever since.
To Vito, work has always been the most important part of life. But on February 21, 2014, Vito got married, and his feelings have started to change. Veto Vito is a depiction of that change.
A video of my conversation with Vito is here.