The Modern Institute is pleased to present an exhibition by Urs Fisher and Georg Herold. Making the works in situ at The Modern Institute the artists have treated the gallery like a studio, creating figurative clay sculptures from life poses. For the length of the exhibition the resulting sculptures will be shown alongside the live models they were derived from, setting up a relationship between real life and the study.
This two-person show builds on the solo practice of each artist, their previous working collaborations and their long-standing friendship – they worked together in a similar manner (with Mark Handforth) at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo in 2009.
Urs Fischer’s work is characterised by an open and fluid approach to materials and a disregard for practical limitations. Organic and synthetic materials mingle freely in his sculptures and installations, where entropy is integral to the work and mutation is the key. His recent sculptures at the Venice Biennale, depicting a standing man, Giambologna’s Baroque sculpture Rape of the Sabine Women and the artists’ studio chair, each a wax candle lit and therefore destroyed during the show, was described as the “single most stunning new piece anywhere in 54th Venice Biennale” by the Financial Times.
Georg Herold employs traditional and unconventional materials in his sculptures and paintings; a recent exhibition included a cast bronze kitchen chair and a series of paintings made with caviar. Redolent with political references, his works refer to themes prescient to society. Working for more than three decades as an artist he has had a strong influence on generations of younger artists.
Urs Fischer (b. Zürich, Switerland 1973) studied photography at the Basel School of Design. He has exhibited extensively internationally, with solo exhibitions at The New Museum, New York (2009); Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2006); Camden Arts Centre, London (2005); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2005); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2004) and the ICA, London (2000). Major group shows include the Venice Biennal (2003 and 2011), Whitney Biennial (2006), and Manifesta 3 (2000). He has previously had two solo exhibitions at The Modern Institute, Mystique Mistake (2002) and OH. SAD. I SEE. (2006). He lives in New York.
Georg Herold (b. Jena, Germany 1947) studied at the Art Academies in Munich and Hamburg from 1974 to 1978 under Sigmar Polke. His most recent exhibitions have been at the Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2007), the South London Gallery (2007); S.M.A.K, Ghent (2007), and Tate Liverpool (2004). He lives in Cologne.