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I always have a lot of things going on because some things take years to make and others take five minutes. I like that there’s always something going on. Working doesn’t have such a momentous feel – like it’s all or nothing.

—— Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer is a Swiss Contemporary artist best known for his large-scale sculptures and installations. Influenced by anti-art movements such as Neo-Dada, Lost Art, or the Situationist International, Fisher develops his unique subversive style that highlights his use of material. Fischer works across sculpture, photography, drawing, painting and publishing, employing a variety of materials and processes in his work resulting in an oeuvre that “resists easy classification”. Since Fischer began showing his work in Europe in the mid-1990s, he has produced an enormous number of objects, drawings, collages, and room-size installations.  Fisher pushes the boundaries by making his work unsettled in the space, generating no long-lasting entities but ongoing impressions. Fischer began making wax sculptures in the early 2000s, resulting in anonymous and crudely cut female forms. Today, his wax sculptures are refined portraits of significant art world figures that are lit like candles and melted over the duration of an exhibition. The wax works are almost exclusively sculptural portraits of human subjects, and the process of melting lends itself to contemplation of existentialism and the ultimate meaning of art and it’s legacy. Fisher’s work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2003, 2005, and 2007, and he has held solo shows at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Kunsthaus Zürich in Switzerland, New Museum in New York, Palazzo Grassi in Venice and more. He is currently living and working in New York.


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