Urs Fischer’s (b. 1973) attitude towards making art is at once humble and dramatic; characterised by a playful, almost Surrealist approach, he transforms everyday imagery into powerful works that are both unique and unexpected. Encompassing drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and large-scale installations, the artist resists formal categorisation, moving unpredictably through materials, genres and motifs, to test the limits of what it means to make, display, and view works of art.
“The challenge in discussing Fischer’s oeuvre is how best to categorize work that appears, initially at least, to be immensely varied. Moving beyond technique, imagery, or technology, however, it is possible to think about his production in relation to types of space, both real and imagined, from which the work may have emerged or with which it may be closely associated. Three overlapping spheres can be defined: the studio, the exterior or public space of images and objects, and the realm of fantasy or the fictional. It is in part the movement between these three zones, or the treatment of something from one realm in the manner of another, that creates the friction and liminal quality in Fischer’s work, where things, images, and materials seem not to behave as we might expect them to.”
J. Morgan, Inside, Outside, and Out There in Urs Fischer, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2013
Image: Twilight, 2019, aluminum composite panel, aluminum honeycomb, two-component adhesive, primer, gesso, solvent-based screen printing ink, 243.8 x 182.9 x 2.2 cm.; 247.7 x 186.7 x 5 cm. (framed)
Selected Institutional Exhibitions
Urs Fischer: Sirens
Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2020
With an essay by Gregor Jansen
Urs Fischer et al.
The Paradox of Stillness: Art, Object, and Performance (group show)
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
15 May – 8 August 2021
Urs Fischer, Adam Pendleton et al.
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (group show)
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
17 December 2019 – 26 December 2020
This small-scale group exhibition borrows its name from the title of Italo Calvino’s novel, published in 1979, towards the end of the ...
The Lyrical and the Prosaic (solo show)
Aïshti Foundation, Jal El Dib
20 October 2019 – 31 October 2020
In the past two decades Urs Fischer has been recognized as one of the most respected artists of his generation, having exhibited at ...