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Urs Fischer

Tables, Heads, and Arms

December 28, 2012–January 31, 2013
Eden Rock—St. Barths

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Works Exhibited

Urs Fischer, fancynecrograpejuice, 2011 Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 3027), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 90 × 42 × 30 inches (228.6 × 106.7 × 76.2 cm)© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, fancynecrograpejuice, 2011

Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 3027), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 90 × 42 × 30 inches (228.6 × 106.7 × 76.2 cm)
© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, fancynecrograpejuice, 2011 (tabletop view) Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 3027), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 90 × 42 × 30 inches (228.6 × 106.7 × 76.2 cm)© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, fancynecrograpejuice, 2011 (tabletop view)

Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 3027), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 90 × 42 × 30 inches (228.6 × 106.7 × 76.2 cm)
© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, deprivedtrgasfi, 2011 Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 7045), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 41 × 32 × 18 ½ inches (104.1 × 81.3 × 47 cm)© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, deprivedtrgasfi, 2011

Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 7045), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 41 × 32 × 18 ½ inches (104.1 × 81.3 × 47 cm)
© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, deprivedtrgasfi, 2011 (tabletop view) Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 7045), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 41 × 32 × 18 ½ inches (104.1 × 81.3 × 47 cm)© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, deprivedtrgasfi, 2011 (tabletop view)

Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 7045), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 41 × 32 × 18 ½ inches (104.1 × 81.3 × 47 cm)
© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, firmfooting, 2011 Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TIGER Drylac 49/24620, polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 53 × 49 ½ × 29 inches (134.6 × 125.7 × 73.7 cm)© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, firmfooting, 2011

Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TIGER Drylac 49/24620, polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 53 × 49 ½ × 29 inches (134.6 × 125.7 × 73.7 cm)
© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, firmfooting, 2011 (tabletop view) Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TIGER Drylac 49/24620, polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 53 × 49 ½ × 29 inches (134.6 × 125.7 × 73.7 cm)© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, firmfooting, 2011 (tabletop view)

Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TIGER Drylac 49/24620, polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 53 × 49 ½ × 29 inches (134.6 × 125.7 × 73.7 cm)
© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, quarteredukulele, 2011 Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 6034), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 34 ½ × 34 ½ × 24 ¾ inches (87.6 × 87.6 × 62.9 cm)© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, quarteredukulele, 2011

Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 6034), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 34 ½ × 34 ½ × 24 ¾ inches (87.6 × 87.6 × 62.9 cm)
© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, quarteredukulele, 2011 (tabletop view) Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 6034), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 34 ½ × 34 ½ × 24 ¾ inches (87.6 × 87.6 × 62.9 cm)© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, quarteredukulele, 2011 (tabletop view)

Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 6034), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 34 ½ × 34 ½ × 24 ¾ inches (87.6 × 87.6 × 62.9 cm)
© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, educatedsleepingsatyr, 2011 Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 3012), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 42 ½ × 36 × 28 ¾ inches (108 × 91.4 × 73 cm)© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, educatedsleepingsatyr, 2011

Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 3012), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 42 ½ × 36 × 28 ¾ inches (108 × 91.4 × 73 cm)
© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, educatedsleepingsatyr, 2011 (tabletop view) Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 3012), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 42 ½ × 36 × 28 ¾ inches (108 × 91.4 × 73 cm)© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, educatedsleepingsatyr, 2011 (tabletop view)

Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 3012), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 42 ½ × 36 × 28 ¾ inches (108 × 91.4 × 73 cm)
© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, Office Table 1a, 2011 Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 6019), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 60 × 34 × 28 inches (152.4 × 86.4 × 71.1 cm)© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, Office Table 1a, 2011

Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 6019), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 60 × 34 × 28 inches (152.4 × 86.4 × 71.1 cm)
© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, Office Table 1a, 2011 (tabletop view) Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 6019), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 60 × 34 × 28 inches (152.4 × 86.4 × 71.1 cm)© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

Urs Fischer, Office Table 1a, 2011 (tabletop view)

Top: ultralight MDF, acrylic sealer, wallpaper primer, wallpaper adhesive, paper, silk-screened acrylic paint, acrylic polymer emulsion, acrylic polyurethane, and urethane; base: cold-rolled steel powder-coated with polyester TGIC (RAL 6019), polyester tape, cork composite, and hardware; 60 × 34 × 28 inches (152.4 × 86.4 × 71.1 cm)
© Urs Fischer/Gavin Brown Enterprise

About

Everybody likes objects; everybody likes different objects. It comes down to what objects you want to put in your art. . . . I like them all: high, low, used, new, whichever works.
—Urs Fischer

Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of tables by Urs Fischer.

Continuously searching for new sculptural solutions, Fischer has built houses out of bread, enlivened empty space with mechanistic jokes, deconstructed objects and then replicated them, and transferred others from three dimensions to two and back again via photographic processes. He combines daring formal adventures in space, scale, and material with a mordant sense of humor. Reinvesting traditional art-historical genres (still life, portraits, nudes, landscapes, and interiors) with an abundance of rich and surprising forms—such as cast sculptures and assemblages, paintings, digital montages, spatial installations, kinetic objects, and texts—he ceaselessly explores the intersection of art and everyday life.

The exhibition title, a collision of furniture and body parts, gives le corps exquis another turn of the screw. The works to which the title alludes are tables that combine large resin-coated photomontages with multicolored steel geometric bases. The jokey surrealist montages juxtapose images both found and manipulated—a pair of sausages, a cartoon snail, a graffiti-covered wall, an open mouth, a Hong Kong supermarket. Blurring the distinctions between photography, collage, sculpture, and furniture, the tables are objects both aesthetic and useful, filling the gallery with a presence that is at once visually arresting and socially convivial.

Installation view, Crushed, Cast, Constructed: Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray, Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London, June 15–July 31, 2020

Uncanny Delights: Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray

Catalyzed by the exhibition Crushed, Cast, Constructed: Sculpture by John Chamberlain, Urs Fischer, and Charles Ray, Alice Godwin examines the legacy and development of a Surrealist ethos in selected works from three contemporary sculptors.

Installation view, Urs Fischer: The Lyrical and the Prosaic, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, October 20, 2019–October 31, 2020.

Urs Fischer: Lives of Forms

In his introduction to the catalogue for Urs Fischer’s exhibition The Lyrical and the Prosaic, at the Aïshti Foundation in Beirut, curator Massimiliano Gioni traces the material and conceptual tensions that reverberate throughout the artist’s paintings, sculptures, installations, and interventions.

Urs Fischer, A–Z, 2019, a sculpture of a pear and an apple.

Fruit and Vegetables: Francesco Bonami on Urs Fischer

Fruit and vegetables are a recurring motif in Urs Fischer’s visual vocabulary, introducing the dimension of time while elaborating on the art historical tradition of the vanitas. Here, curator Francesco Bonami traces this thread through the artist’s sculptures and paintings of the past two decades.

Five Books: Urs Fischer

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Five Books: Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer talks about reading during the pandemic lockdown, sharing five books—both fiction and nonfiction—that he has turned to while in self-isolation.

Installation video of Urs Fischer's exhibition, Leo. A painting of an eye and a sculpture of three humans.

Urs Fischer: Leo

Journalist and curator Judith Benhamou-Huet leads a tour of the exhibition Urs Fischer: Leo at Gagosian, Paris.

Installation view, Urs Fischer: PLAY with choreography by Madeline Hollander, Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York, September 6–October 13, 2018.

Play

Urs Fischer and choreographer Madeline Hollander speak with novelist Natasha Stagg about the ways in which choreographic experimentation and an interest in our ability to project emotion onto objects led to the one-of-a-kind project PLAY.

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Photo: Chad Moore

Artist Spotlight

Urs Fischer

June 24–30, 2020

Urs Fischer mines the potential of materials—from clay, steel, and paint to bread, dirt, and produce—to create works that disorient and bewilder. Through scale distortions, illusion, and the juxtaposition of common objects, his paintings, sculptures, photographs, and large-scale installations explore themes of perception and representation while maintaining a witty irreverence and mordant humor.

Photo: Chad Moore