URS FISCHER, TBD, 2015, aluminum panel, aramid honeycomb, two-component polyurethane adhesive, two-component epoxy primer, galvanized steel rivet nuts, acrylic primer, gesso, acrylic ink, acrylic silkscreen medium, and acrylic paint, 132 1/2 × 106 × 7/8 inches (336.6 × 269.2 × 2.2 cm) © Urs Fischer. Photo by Mats Nordman
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Urs Fischer was born in 1973 in Zurich. Fischer’s large-scale installations and sculptures posit genres traditionally evoked in painting—such as portraits, landscapes, nudes, and still lifes—in a profusion of rich and often impermanent sculptural materials. Whether utilizing foodstuffs (Bread House, 2004) or more self-destructive mediums, such as soft wax that simply melts away, Fischer mines the endless possibilities of a particular material to introduce an additional dimension into the work: that of time. Imbued with their own mortality, his sculptures and installations cultivate the experiential function of art. Fischer incorporates elements of performance and Pop art to create an oeuvre that is distinctly current, and as witty as it is macabre.
Fischer’s work is included in many important public and private collections worldwide. Selected solo exhibitions include “Kir Royal,” Kunsthaus Zurich (2004); “Not My House Not My Fire,” Espace 315, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2004); “Mary Poppins,” Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, Texas (2006); “Marguerite de Ponty,” New Museum, New York (2009–10); “Oscar the Grouch,” Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, Connecticut (2010–11); “Skinny Sunrise,” Kunsthalle Wien (2012); “Madame Fisscher,” Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2012); “Urs Fischer,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2013); “YES,” Deste Foundation Project Space, Slaughterhouse, Hydra, Greece (2013); and “Urs Fischer,” The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2015). Fischer's work was included in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 editions of the Biennale di Venezia.
Fischer currently lives and works in New York.