Artist: Urs Fischer
Venue: JTT, New York
Exhibition Title: Ursula
Date: May 1 – June 5, 2016
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of the artist and JTT, New York. Photos by Mats Nordman.
On view in the center of the gallery will be a single sculpture: a one-to-one replica of Aristide Maillol’s sculpture La Rivière. Maillol (1861–1944, Banyuls-sur-Mer, France), like Fischer, was an artist who worked across many media from sculpture to painting and printmaking. La Rivière (or The River) depicts a woman in the act of falling off of her pedestal and pulled by a current, or perhaps she is a current herself. Fischer rst saw the sculpture in Switzerland when he was a young child.
Unlike Maillol’s La Rivière, which was cast in lead as well as bronze, Fischer’s version is made of plasticine. This impressionable medium, softer than clay, is easy to manipulate into almost any texture or form. At the start of the exhibition, Fischer’s sculpture will replicate Maillol’s in form, texture, and coloring. But its encounter with the public is the occasion for its radical and ongoing transformation, as the public is invited to take the sculpture apart and use its material to create alternate objects or images. A multitude of qualities is possible as plasticine takes to any surface that touches it, from ngerprints and ngernails to shoes and fabric. Because the material is so malleable, one could easily build a detailed palm-sized sculpture or take liberty to make a larger object with
the amount of material provided. The original La Rivière was intended to be shown outside and therefore has a significant scale intended to rival a landscape. By bringing the work indoors, Fischer brings the details of the sculpture close up and reveals the awesome mass of the sculpture in relation to the body.
Many of Fischer’s works express the transformation of materials. A 1998 work, for example, titled Faules Fundament (Rotten Foundation) consists of a wall of brick and mortar built onto a mischievous foundation of decaying fruits and vegetables, and his well-known wax gures melt down like massive candles through the duration of an exhibition, leaving hardened puddles on the oor. These works demonstrate the potential of decay, and Fischer’s impulsive energy of creating and re-creating.
Link: Urs Fischer at JTT