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Title

Crisis


Artist

Urs Fischer

Switzerland

1973 -


About

Urs Fischer’s works are often unstable, broken, malformed or subject to transformation or decay. Indeed, their dynamic instability and tendency to change is their most powerful aspect. Engaging with themes of transience and mortality, Fischer’s work often references the tradition of memento mori, a 17th-century genre of painting designed to remind viewers of their finitude through the depiction of skeletons and lit candles – symbols that Fischer redeploys in his sculpture and installation practice.

‘Crisis’ and ‘Lamp’, from the ‘6½ domestic pairs project’, reference household items yet strip them of their domestic context, comfort and ease. Both works impart a sense of isolation in company: loneliness and discomfort within the sphere of the home.


Details


Alternative title

Krise


Date

2000-2005


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

cast aluminium, enamel paint


Edition

2/2 [ed 2 + 1 AP]


Dimensions

171.0 x 190.0 x 220.0 cm


Signature & date

Signed Certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "Urs Fischer".


Credit

Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.


Location

Not on display


Accession number

360.2011


Artist information

Urs Fischer

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Wayne Tunnicliffe (Editor), John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, 304, 306-07 (colour illus.).