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Urs Fischer

Mind Moves

October 21–December 23, 2016
San Francisco

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Johnna Arnold

Works Exhibited

Urs Fischer, Landscape, 2016 Aluminum panel, epoxy, reinforced polyurethane foam, acrylic primer, gesso, acrylic ink, acrylic silkscreen medium, and acrylic paint, 71 × 127 ⅜ inches (180.3 × 323.5 cm)© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Landscape, 2016

Aluminum panel, epoxy, reinforced polyurethane foam, acrylic primer, gesso, acrylic ink, acrylic silkscreen medium, and acrylic paint, 71 × 127 ⅜ inches (180.3 × 323.5 cm)
© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Orb, 2016 Aluminum panel, epoxy, reinforced polyurethane foam, acrylic primer, gesso, acrylic ink, acrylic silkscreen medium, and acrylic paint, colored pencil, 77 ¼ × 60 ¾ inches (196.2 × 154.3 cm)© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Orb, 2016

Aluminum panel, epoxy, reinforced polyurethane foam, acrylic primer, gesso, acrylic ink, acrylic silkscreen medium, and acrylic paint, colored pencil, 77 ¼ × 60 ¾ inches (196.2 × 154.3 cm)
© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Sunset, 2016 Aluminum panel, epoxy, reinforced polyurethane foam, acrylic primer, gesso, acrylic ink, acrylic silkscreen medium, and acrylic paint, colored pencil, 87 ¾ × 67 ⅛ inches (222.9 × 170.5 cm)© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Sunset, 2016

Aluminum panel, epoxy, reinforced polyurethane foam, acrylic primer, gesso, acrylic ink, acrylic silkscreen medium, and acrylic paint, colored pencil, 87 ¾ × 67 ⅛ inches (222.9 × 170.5 cm)
© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Gottlieb, 2016 Aluminum panel, epoxy, reinforced polyurethane foam, acrylic primer, gesso, acrylic ink, acrylic silkscreen medium, and acrylic paint, 79 ⅞ × 63 ¾ inches (202.9 × 161.9 cm)© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Gottlieb, 2016

Aluminum panel, epoxy, reinforced polyurethane foam, acrylic primer, gesso, acrylic ink, acrylic silkscreen medium, and acrylic paint, 79 ⅞ × 63 ¾ inches (202.9 × 161.9 cm)
© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, TBD, 2016 Urethane foam, wooden armature; chair: 32 × 44 × 42 inches (81.3 × 111.8 × 106.7 cm), ottoman: 13 × 24 × 23 inches (33 × 24 × 23 inches), edition of 12© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, TBD, 2016

Urethane foam, wooden armature; chair: 32 × 44 × 42 inches (81.3 × 111.8 × 106.7 cm), ottoman: 13 × 24 × 23 inches (33 × 24 × 23 inches), edition of 12
© Urs Fischer

About

At its core, art is all about order. When you’re an artist, you basically arrange, rearrange, or alter; you play off order.
—Urs Fischer

Gagosian San Francisco is pleased to present Mind Moves, an exhibition of new sculptures and paintings by Urs Fischer.

Resisting any single mode of representation, Fischer pushes the limits of line, color, and shape through surprising and provocative materials and subjects. Mind Moves brings together various formal experiments in which space is divided, sliced, opened, and closed.

In Fischer’s linear sculptures, gestural scribbles seem described in the air with the spontaneity of a drawing on page or screen. The three lines—in black and white, red-brown, and a color gradient—are activated by one’s movement around them. Depending on the vantage point, they are either deceptively two-dimensional or nearly disappear, thin and bladelike. Meanwhile, the walls of this unpredictable, oddly digital zone are punctuated by bold paintings on cutout aluminum panels. In these works, facial features are rendered as intersecting organic forms. Photographed fragments of Fischer’s own lips, nose, and eyebrows are freed from self-portraiture, instead becoming shapes that slide and mutate, melting and hardening in bright hues. With this series, Fischer recalls the compositional structures of grand landscape painting, presenting the two halves of his own face as topographical masses, propping gently against one another.

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Augurs of Spring

Augurs of Spring

As spring approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, Sydney Stutterheim reflects on the iconography and symbolism of the season in art both past and present.

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.

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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