Urs Fischer, Untitled, 2011, Wax, pigments, wicks, steel, Giambologna sculpture: 57 7/8 x 57 7/8 x 248 1/8 in. (147 x 147 x 630 cm)
Collection Maja Hoffmann, Installation view, “ILLUMInazioni / ILLUMInations,” Venice Biennale, 2011,
© Urs Fischer. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich. Photo: Stefan
LOS ANGELES • Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles • Ongoing
An engineer of imaginary worlds, in the past the Swiss-born artist Urs Fischer (b. 1973) has created sculptures in a rich variety of materials including unstable substances such as melting wax and rotting vegetables. In a continuous search for new plastic solutions, Fischer has built houses out of bread and given life to animated puppets; he has dissected objects or blown them out of proportion in order to reinvent our relationship to them. In 2007, in a now-legendary exhibition, he excavated the floor of his New York gallery, digging a crater within the exhibition space.
At MOCA Grand Avenue, Fischer presents a survey of works from the last two decades. Among the subjects addressed are his sly and humorous approach to the human figure as represented by a group of skeleton sculptures, partial figures seated on top of furniture, and the head shots of 1950s film stars similarly obscured and defaced. Everyday furniture and objects have experienced a material transformation as stiff structures droop and collapse and others magically appear suspended in space.
Throughout his work, with ambitious gestures and irreverent panache, Fischer explores the secret mechanisms of perception, combining a Pop immediacy with a neo-Baroque taste for the absurd.
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