urs fischer: wax, beds and problem paintingsuntitled, 2011 by urs fischer paraffin wax mixture, pigment, steel, wicks52 3/8 x 32 1/8 x 52 in. / 133.1 x 81.4 x 132 cmimage © stefan altenburger

 

 

 

swiss artist urs fischer harnesses the qualities of materials on the brink of falling apart or in the process of decay to conceive sculptures in a bewildering variety of outcomes, each one exploring the concept of evolution, change and transience. fischer uses unstable substances such as melting wax, rotting vegetables and debris to continuously realize contemporary sculptural solutions – a past project featuring a house made from bread succinctly encompassing this practice. fischer has extended this modus operandi into his latest pieces, infusing a mordant sense of humor with explorations into space, scale and the genres of classical art history – still lifes, portraits, nudes, landscapes, and interiors. the surrealist works range from a series of beds that appear to buckle under the pressure of an injected force as well as ‘problem paintings’ – a series of vintage publicity headshots, colored and enlarged to a monumental scale, then obstructed by silkscreened images depicting a  bolt or a banana to present a clash of representational systems. the series of wax sculptures, changing through the ramification of time and heat, touch on the concept of impermanence through a distinctive physical poetry – a theme that is signature to fischer’s work.

urs fischer: wax, beds and problem paintings(L) untitled, 2011 paraffin wax mixture, pigment, steel, wicks28 1/2 x 49 1/2 x 53 7/8 in. 72.4 x 125.8 x 136.8 cm(R)untitled, 2011paraffin wax mixture, pigment, steel, wicks52 3/8 x 32 1/8 x 52 in. 133.1 x 81.4 x 132 cmimages © fulvio orsenigo

urs fischer: wax, beds and problem paintings(L)’untitled’, 201152 3/8 x 32 1/8 x 52 in. 133.1 x 81.4 x 132 cm(R)’untitled’, 201128 1/2 x 49 1/2 x 53 7/8 in. 72.4 x 125.8 x 136.8 cm 46 3/8 x 45 3/8 x 30 7/8 in. 117.7 x 115.1 x 78.5 cm 7 images © stefan altenburger

urs fischer: wax, beds and problem paintings‘kratz’, 2011 cast aluminum, concrete, aluminum, epoxy, fiberglass, wire mesh, epoxy primer, polyester filler, one-component acrylic putty, urethane primer, polyester paint, acrylic polyurethane matte clearcoat 75 3/4 x 88 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches (192.4 x 224.8 x 64.8 cm) ed. of 3image © mats nordman

urs fischer: wax, beds and problem paintings‘beds’ and ‘problem paintings’ installation viewimage © mats nordman

urs fischer: wax, beds and problem paintings‘beds’ and ‘problem paintings’ installation viewimage © mats nordman

urs fischer: wax, beds and problem paintings‘beds’ and ‘problem paintings’ installation viewimage © mats nordman

urs fischer: wax, beds and problem paintings‘problem paintings’, 2012 milled aluminum panel, acrylic primer, gesso, acrylic ink, spray enamel, acrylic silkscreen medium, and acrylic paint 142 x 106 inches (360.7 x 269.2 cm)