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Urs Fischer

Leo

October 14–December 20, 2019
Paris

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Installation view Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Installation view

Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Works Exhibited

Urs Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin), 2019 Paraffin wax, microcrystalline wax, pigment, stainless steel, and wicks, 84 ⅝ × 38 ⅝ × 57 ¾ inches (214.9 × 98.1 × 146.7 cm), edition of 2 + 2 APArtwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Urs Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin), 2019

Paraffin wax, microcrystalline wax, pigment, stainless steel, and wicks, 84 ⅝ × 38 ⅝ × 57 ¾ inches (214.9 × 98.1 × 146.7 cm), edition of 2 + 2 AP
Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Urs Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin), 2019 Paraffin wax, microcrystalline wax, pigment, stainless steel, and wicks, 84 ⅝ × 38 ⅝ × 57 ¾ inches (214.9 × 98.1 × 146.7 cm), edition of 2 + 2 APArtwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Urs Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin), 2019

Paraffin wax, microcrystalline wax, pigment, stainless steel, and wicks, 84 ⅝ × 38 ⅝ × 57 ¾ inches (214.9 × 98.1 × 146.7 cm), edition of 2 + 2 AP
Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Urs Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin), 2019 Paraffin wax, microcrystalline wax, pigment, stainless steel, and wicks, 84 ⅝ × 38 ⅝ × 57 ¾ inches (214.9 × 98.1 × 146.7 cm), edition of 2 + 2 APArtwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Urs Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin), 2019

Paraffin wax, microcrystalline wax, pigment, stainless steel, and wicks, 84 ⅝ × 38 ⅝ × 57 ¾ inches (214.9 × 98.1 × 146.7 cm), edition of 2 + 2 AP
Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Urs Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin), 2019 (detail) Paraffin wax, microcrystalline wax, pigment, stainless steel, and wicks, 84 ⅝ × 38 ⅝ × 57 ¾ inches (214.9 × 98.1 × 146.7 cm), edition of 2 + 2 APArtwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Urs Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin), 2019 (detail)

Paraffin wax, microcrystalline wax, pigment, stainless steel, and wicks, 84 ⅝ × 38 ⅝ × 57 ¾ inches (214.9 × 98.1 × 146.7 cm), edition of 2 + 2 AP
Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Urs Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin), 2019 (detail) Paraffin wax, microcrystalline wax, pigment, stainless steel, and wicks, 84 ⅝ × 38 ⅝ × 57 ¾ inches (214.9 × 98.1 × 146.7 cm), edition of 2 + 2 APArtwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Urs Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin), 2019 (detail)

Paraffin wax, microcrystalline wax, pigment, stainless steel, and wicks, 84 ⅝ × 38 ⅝ × 57 ¾ inches (214.9 × 98.1 × 146.7 cm), edition of 2 + 2 AP
Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Urs Fischer, Gentle Moon, 2019 Aluminum composite panel, aluminum honeycomb, two-component adhesive, primer, gesso, and solvent-based screen printing ink, 96 × 72 inches (243.8 × 182.9 cm)© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Gentle Moon, 2019

Aluminum composite panel, aluminum honeycomb, two-component adhesive, primer, gesso, and solvent-based screen printing ink, 96 × 72 inches (243.8 × 182.9 cm)
© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Thinking Moon, 2019 Aluminum composite panel, aluminum honeycomb, two-component adhesive, primer, gesso, and solvent-based screen printing ink, 96 × 72 inches (243.8 × 182.9 cm)© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Thinking Moon, 2019

Aluminum composite panel, aluminum honeycomb, two-component adhesive, primer, gesso, and solvent-based screen printing ink, 96 × 72 inches (243.8 × 182.9 cm)
© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Foggy Fumbles, 2019 Aluminum composite panel, aluminum honeycomb, two-component adhesive, primer, gesso, and solvent-based screen printing ink, 80 × 60 inches (203.2 × 152.4 cm)© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Foggy Fumbles, 2019

Aluminum composite panel, aluminum honeycomb, two-component adhesive, primer, gesso, and solvent-based screen printing ink, 80 × 60 inches (203.2 × 152.4 cm)
© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Streaky Strokes, 2019 Aluminum composite panel, aluminum honeycomb, two-component adhesive, primer, gesso, and solvent-based screen printing ink, 80 × 60 inches (203.2 × 152.4 cm)© Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer, Streaky Strokes, 2019

Aluminum composite panel, aluminum honeycomb, two-component adhesive, primer, gesso, and solvent-based screen printing ink, 80 × 60 inches (203.2 × 152.4 cm)
© Urs Fischer

About

An artwork is not about the now.
—Urs Fischer

Gagosian is pleased to present Leo, an exhibition of new work by Urs Fischer.

Across his protean oeuvre, Fischer frequently evokes art historical genres and motifs with wry self-awareness and humor. In Fischer’s work, the processes of material creation and destruction are often explored through the use of impermanent materials, as in Bread House (2004–05), a life-size cabin constructed from loaves of sourdough bread. Embracing transformation and decay while resounding with poetic contradictions, Fischer’s art excavates the potential of its materials and media, producing joyful disorientation and sinister bewilderment.

Fischer’s candle sculptures exemplify the relationship between permanence and impermanence. He began to make them in the early 2000s with a series of crudely rendered female nudes, standing upright or lounging in groups. A series of realistic figurative candle portraits followed, including a full-size replica of Giambologna’s sixteenth-century sculpture The Rape of the Sabine Women, and Marsupiale (Fabrizio) (2017), which amalgamates a portrait of the Florentine antique dealer Fabrizio Moretti with an oversize bust of Saint Leonard, the patron saint of prisoners. In 2018, Fischer created a candle replica of the art patron and collector Dasha Zhukova, which burned for weeks in the shopfront gallery at Gagosian Davies Street in London.

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Une oeuvre d’art ne concerne pas le présent.
—Urs Fischer

Gagosian a le plaisir de présenter Leo, une exposition de nouvelles œuvres d’Urs Fischer.

Dans son œuvre protéiforme, Fischer évoque fréquemment des genres et des motifs de l’histoire de l’art avec une conscience de soi et un humour malicieux. Dans son travail, les processus de création et de destruction des matériaux sont souvent mis en relief par l’utilisation de matériaux éphémères, comme dans Bread House (2004–05), une cabane grandeur nature construite avec des miches de pain. Embrassant la transformation et la décadence, tout en résonnant de contradictions poétiques, l’art de Fischer met au jour le potentiel de ses matériaux et de ses supports, produisant une joyeuse désorientation et une sinistre confusion.

Les sculptures de bougies de Fischer illustrent la relation entre la permanence et l’éphémère. Il a commencé à les produire au début des années 2000 avec une série de nus féminins au rendu grossier, debout ou se prélassant en groupes. Une série de bougies figuratives de portraits réalistes a suivi, parmi lesquelles une réplique grandeur nature de la sculpture de Giambologna du XVIe siècle, L’Enlèvement des Sabines, et Marsupiale (Fabrizio) (2017), qui fusionne un portrait de Fabrizio Moretti, antiquaire florentin, avec un buste géant de Saint Léonard, le saint patron des prisonniers. En 2018, Fischer a créé une bougie de la mécène et collectionneuse Dasha Zhukova, qui a brûlé pendant des semaines dans la galerie Gagosian de Davies Street à Londres.

Le plus récent portrait à la bougie de Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin) (2019), représente Leonardo DiCaprio avec ses parents, George DiCaprio et Irmelin Indenbirken. Moulée entièrement en cire, la famille pose en pleine action : George est en mouvement pendant qu’il discute avec Leo, qu’Irmelin tient affectueusement dans ses bras.

Comme toutes les sculptures de bougies de Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin) fondra lentement au cours de l’exposition, sa composition originale se transmutant en une forme dictée par les lois de la physique. Captivantes par leur matérialité et obsédantes par leurs implications, les bougies de Fischer servent à la fois de portraits et de méditations sur le temps qui passe. voquant les traditions du memento mori, ils rappellent aux spectateurs l’éphémère de la vie, de la beauté, et même de l’art lui-même.

Leo est présentée au rez-de-chaussée de la galerie Gagosian Paris. Au deuxième étage, dans le Project Space, on peut voir Smalls, une exposition de nouvelles œuvres de Spencer Sweeney.

Presse

Karla Otto
Michel Hakimian
michel.hakimian@karlaotto.com
+33 1 42 61 34 36

Ottavia Palomba
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+33 1 42 61 34 36

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Press

Karla Otto
Michel Hakimian
michel.hakimian@karlaotto.com
+33 1 42 61 34 36

Ottavia Palomba
ottavia.palomba@karlaotto.com
+33 1 42 61 34 36

Gagosian
pressparis@gagosian.com
+33 1 75 00 05 92

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Installation view, Urs Fischer: Leo, Gagosian, Paris, October 14–December 20, 2019. Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

Tour

Urs Fischer
Leo

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6:30pm
Gagosian, Paris

Journalist and curator Judith Benhamou-Huet will lead a tour of the exhibition Urs Fischer: Leo at Gagosian, Paris. In Fischer’s work, the processes of material creation and destruction are often explored through the use of impermanent materials. Fischer’s candle sculptures, which he began to make in the early 2000s, exemplify this relationship. The artist’s newest candle portrait, Leo (George & Irmelin) (2019), depicts Leonardo DiCaprio with his parents, George DiCaprio and Irmelin Indenbirken. As with all of Fischer’s candle sculptures, Leo (George & Irmelin) will melt slowly over the course of the exhibition, its original composition transmuted into a form dictated by the wayward laws of physics. To attend the free event, RSVP to paristours@gagosian.com. Space is limited.

Installation view, Urs Fischer: Leo, Gagosian, Paris, October 14–December 20, 2019. Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger