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Through his paintings, sculptures, and installations that revel in macabre wit and playful intellect, Urs Fischer (b. 1973) challenges traditional values of art making by pushing materials to their absolute extremes. His complex and layered work often evades formal classification, drawing the viewer toward the unexpected. In Foliage (2019), found photographs depicting human figures have been divided, recolored, and rearranged so that they read abstractly like a cascade of falling leaves. By fracturing stable source images into organically shaped pieces and layering them over a vintage publicity still photograph of two actors in a Hollywood film, Fischer suggests a world in which nature regains control over its human inhabitants, producing a reversal of anthropocentric agency.
Photo: Robert Banat