83 Gallery and the blog continue to grow, and the time has come to introduce contributors. The site will now include original content and opinion from a variety of authors in addition to the staple of gallery news and event updates. Below is our first independent contribution, written by intern Lalese Stamps on artist Urs Fischer.
I first stumbled upon Swiss contemporary artist Urs Fischer in a recent issue of Vogue Paris, and was immediately drawn to the man and his art. His approach is unparalleled and executed to perfection in works like Problem Painting, which layers a bright yellow lemon, sliced, over the poised face of an old Hollywood portrait. “The “problem” is that an organic or inorganic object obstructs each visage. Beets, a wrench or a banana — each obstacle is quotidian, but at this size, for some are as large as a pony, they are immediately iconic,” writes Kevin McGarry of the New York Times, referring to Fischer’s exhibition at the Beverly Hills Gagosian Gallery.
The influence of Renee Magritte in Fischer’s art is undeniable, with more subtle hints of Gerard Richter emerging as well. The mysterious aspect of Magritte’s work has always been something I’ve admired because you could analyze it over and over and never quite get a clear understanding of the precise meaning behind it. I am overwhelmed with the same feeling when I see a work by Urs Fischer. In my opinion, art should be portrayed in this way, with no singular meaning, but rather, multiple interpretations.
Urs Fischer’s breadth of media extends far beyond the “Problem Paintings,” and his larger-than-life sculptures and installations are equally fascinating. In his installation Untitled (Hole), he sticks a large chunk of what looks like a boulder (actually cast aluminum) from the ceiling in a family room. The massive rectangular piece of rock looks incredibly out of place, and on any other occasion–say Mother Nature caused such a spectacle–this would be simply amazing. But because the natural element was purposely installed in this unnatural place, it really challenges the viewers. There is a thrill in trying to understand the artist’s intentions behind the piece because it allows you to think outside of your own perspective and try to imagine it through the eyes of someone else. Urs Fischer is a recent discovery of mine, but I am now deeply entrenched in his world and excited to share this glimpse with the 83 Gallery followers. Check out ursfischer.com to learn more.
Lalese Stamps is an intern at 83 Gallery and Art History student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She’s particularly interested in fashion and personal style, and loves to bike around the city on her beautifully yellow Schwinn. In addition to contributing to 83gallery.com she has her own blog, Stella & Lucy. Photos via ursfischer.com.