Fully illustrated monograph, with three essays and a chronology.
If Mirjam Varadinis recalls the different (and sometimes contradictory) traditions at the heart of Fischer's practice, she also analyzes the strategies he uses to engage with viewers : “ the exhibition Kir Royal is designed as a mental landscape with an impressive but disturbing visual impact, disturbing because the familiarity of everyday motifs is undermined in a process of metamorphosis that renders them uncanny and even threatening. One cannot, nor does the artist let us, escape the sense of unease that his works provoke. Shades of Bruce Nauman come to mind, and his idea of ‘an art that puts you on an edge ; it forces you into a heightened awareness of yourself and the situation.' Urs Fischer's works are not likely to induce anxiety because they always contain a generous smattering of humor, but they do expose viewers to unexpected experiences.”
Monograph published on the occasion of the artist's solo exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zürich (09. 07. – 26. 09. 2004).
By the same artist : Good smell /
Trained as a photographer, Urs Fischer (*1973, Zurich) works primarily in the classic media of drawing, sculpture, and painting. Using all possible ordinary materials, Fischer creates non-hierarchical collages of objects and thoughts, high and low aesthetics, mundane and artistic memories, and personal and political interrogation.
He has held solo shows at the ICA in London (2000), the Stedeljik Bureau in Amsterdam (2000), the Kunsthas Glarus (2000), and the Santa Monica Museum of Art (2003). He exhibits regularly at Galerie Presenhuber in Zurich, Sadie Coles HQ in London, and Gavin Brown's Enterprise in New York. In 2004 he had a solo exhibition at the Centre George Pompidou in Paris. The catalog Good smell / Make-up tree
was published on this occasion.
Edited by Mirjam Varadinis
Texts by Mirjam Varadinis,
, and Bruce Hainley.
Design: Scipio Schneider.
Published with Kunsthaus Zürich.
published in 2004
bilingual edition (English / German)
23,7 x 28,6 cm (softcover)
240 pages (180 color ill.)
ISBN : 978-2-940271-45-0
EAN : 9782940271450