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An image of Lamp by Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer

(Switzerland 1973 – )

Title
Lamp
Year
2000-2005
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
cast aluminium, enamel paint, light bulb, electric cable
Edition
2/2 [ed 2 + 1 AP]
Dimensions

200.0 x 75.0 x 130.0 cm

Signature & date
Signed Certificate of authenticity, black felt tip pen "Urs Fischer".
Credit
Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Accession number
361.2011
Copyright
© Urs Fischer
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

Wayne Tunnicliffe (Editor), John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, 304, 305 (colour illus.).