Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Urs Fischer is an artist who likes to play with the very fabric of the exhibition space he is using. Above are pictures from Gavin Brown's in New York where Fischer dug out the floors. The other image is at the Kunsthaus, Zurich where Fischer cut holes in the walls. His latest exhibition at the New Gallery in New York saw him create an installation that turned the Museum’s architecture into an image of itself—a site-specific trompe l’oeil environment. Each square inch of the Museum architecture was photographed and reprinted as a wallpaper that covered the very same walls and ceiling, in a crazy exercise in simulation.
Urs Fischer was born in Zurich in 1973. He began training in photography at the Schule für Gestaltung, Zurich but switched to sculpture, drawing, and painting at De Ateliers studio in Amsterdam. In recent years he has participated in numerous major international exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale in 2003, and he had a solo show that year at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Since then he has had major exhibitions in Paris, Berlin, Milan, Los Angeles, London and most recently at the New Museum, New York.