Urs Fischer Vignettes

Installation view 'Vignettes', The Modern Institute, Aird's Lane, Glasgow, 2024
Installation view 'Vignettes', The Modern Institute, Aird's Lane, Glasgow, 2024
Installation view 'Vignettes', The Modern Institute, Aird's Lane, Glasgow, 2024
Installation view 'Vignettes', The Modern Institute, Aird's Lane, Glasgow, 2024
Vignettes comprises a new series of small-scale bronzes, each a world unto itself. The works are positioned on the gallery floor, as if just left there – abandoned like a child’s toys. Their scale is childlike too, transforming Aird’s Lane into a seemingly vast universe populated by animals, plants, household objects and fruit.

There is a humour to the required engagement with the exhibition. With everything installed at ground level, viewers must look down or bend over to take in the works. They aren’t on plinths being presented as moral exemplars, like a public monument. Key to Fischer’s practice is a questioning of hierarchies – our relationship to ‘the real’ and the everyday, the permanent and impermanent, the serious and whimsical. In utilising bronze in this series, what initially appears fanciful and impermanent has in fact been built to last, forming a key element of the show’s antic atmosphere.

Some of Fischer’s poetic scenes have fantastical origins, emerging from dreams or else coincidences of their production in the studio, while others developed from quotidian or domestic moments – the odd collisions and combinations that happen in life. One approach that links them together is their unlikely combining of two objects, often in divergent styles. Amongst the pieces are a quixotic Playmobil knight with a mishappen companion, a metal rose held by a rough-hewn humanoid, and a snake curled around a plain chair. Shifting states, and various forms of growth and decay, thread through these various tchotchke-like sculptures which commune around a centrally placed miniature Murano glass chandelier.

Urs Fischer (b.1973, Zürich) lives and works in New York. Recent major solo institutional exhibitions include: ‘Lovers’ Jumex Foundation (2022); ‘The Lyrical and the Prosaic’, Aïshti Foundation, Lebanon (2019); ‘The Public + the Private’, Legion of Honor, San Francisco (2017); ‘Mon cher…’, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles (2016); ‘Urs Fischer’, MOCA, Los Angeles (2013); ‘Madame Fisscher’, Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2012); and ‘Skinny Sunrise’ Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2012). Fischer has widely exhibited throughout Europe and America, including at: The Brant Foundation, Greenwich (2019, 2010); New Museum, New York (2009); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2004); and Kunsthaus Zürich (2004). His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Venice Biennale in 2003, 2007, and 2011.
Installation view 'Vignettes', The Modern Institute, Aird's Lane, Glasgow, 2024
Installation view 'Vignettes', The Modern Institute, Aird's Lane, Glasgow, 2024
Desperate Reaper, 2024

Cast bronze, oil primer, oil paint
12.9 x 22.5 x 14.4 cm, 5 1/8 x 8 7/8 x 5 5/8 in

Edition of 2 plus 2 artist's proofs

Desperate Reaper, 2024

Cast bronze, oil primer, oil paint
12.9 x 22.5 x 14.4 cm, 5 1/8 x 8 7/8 x 5 5/8 in

Fork Guy, 2024

Stainless steel
24.6 x 38 x 25 cm, 9 3/4 x 15 x 9 7/8 in

Edition of 2 plus 2 artist's proofs

Fork Guy, 2024

Stainless steel
24.6 x 38 x 25 cm, 9 3/4 x 15 x 9 7/8 in

Friendly Snake, 2024

Cast bronze, enamel paint, wax
36.4 x 26 x 20.7 cm, 14 3/8 x 10 1/4 x 8 1/8 in

Edition of 2 plus 2 artist's proofs

Friendly Snake, 2024

Cast bronze, enamel paint, wax
36.4 x 26 x 20.7 cm, 14 3/8 x 10 1/4 x 8 1/8 in

Gachapon, 2024

Cast bronze
20.7 x 26.5 x 7 cm, 8 1/8 x 10 3/8 x 2 3/4 in

Edition of 2 plus 2 artist's proofs

Gachapon, 2024

Cast bronze
20.7 x 26.5 x 7 cm, 8 1/8 x 10 3/8 x 2 3/4 in

Lovelock, 2024

Cast bronze, primer, water mixable oil paint, wax
64 x 33 x 39.7 cm, 25 1/4 x 13 x 15 5/8 in

Edition of 2 plus 2 artist's proofs

Lovelock, 2024

Cast bronze, primer, water mixable oil paint, wax
64 x 33 x 39.7 cm, 25 1/4 x 13 x 15 5/8 in

Monument, 2024

Cast bronze, oil primer, oil paint, enamel paint
47 x 19.1 x 20.3 cm, 18 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 8 in

Edition of 2 plus 2 artist's proofs

Monument, 2024

Cast bronze, oil primer, oil paint, enamel paint
47 x 19.1 x 20.3 cm, 18 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 8 in

Pigs & Porks, 2024

Cast bronze, stainless steel, primer, water mixable oil paint, enamel paint
11.6 x 44 x 27 cm, 4 5/8 x 17 3/8 x 10 5/8 in

Edition of 2 plus 2 artist's proofs

Pigs & Porks, 2024

Cast bronze, stainless steel, primer, water mixable oil paint, enamel paint
11.6 x 44 x 27 cm, 4 5/8 x 17 3/8 x 10 5/8 in

Polar Bear, 2024

Cast bronze, enamel paint
30.2 x 19.9 x 8.7 cm, 11 7/8 x 7 7/8 x 3 3/8 in

Edition of 2 plus 2 artist's proofs

Polar Bear, 2024

Cast bronze, enamel paint
30.2 x 19.9 x 8.7 cm, 11 7/8 x 7 7/8 x 3 3/8 in

Prayer, 2024

Cast bronze, primer, acrylic paint, water mixable oil paint
27.5 x 30.2 x 10 cm, 10 7/8 x 11 7/8 x 4 in

Edition of 2 plus 1 artist's proof

Prayer, 2024

Cast bronze, primer, acrylic paint, water mixable oil paint
27.5 x 30.2 x 10 cm, 10 7/8 x 11 7/8 x 4 in

Question of the Day, 2024

Hand-blown glass, LED lights, brass chain, enamel paint
23.1 x 16 x 16 cm, 9 1/8 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in

Edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs

Question of the Day, 2024

Hand-blown glass, LED lights, brass chain, enamel paint
23.1 x 16 x 16 cm, 9 1/8 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in

Rose Guy, 2024

Cast bronze, printed titanium, primer, water mixable oil paint
28.4 x 34.2 x 15 cm, 11 1/8 x 13 1/2 x 5 7/8 in

Edition of 2 plus 2 artist's proofs

Rose Guy, 2024

Cast bronze, printed titanium, primer, water mixable oil paint
28.4 x 34.2 x 15 cm, 11 1/8 x 13 1/2 x 5 7/8 in

Sashay, 2024

Cast bronze, gesso, primer, acrylic paint, oil paint, shellac, plaster, wax, marble dust, walnut oil
74.2 x 51.3 x 31.3 cm, 29 1/4 x 20 1/4 x 12 3/8 in

Edition of 2 plus 2 artist's proofs

Sashay, 2024

Cast bronze, gesso, primer, acrylic paint, oil paint, shellac, plaster, wax, marble dust, walnut oil
74.2 x 51.3 x 31.3 cm, 29 1/4 x 20 1/4 x 12 3/8 in

Three Uses of the Knife, 2024

Chrome steel, enamel paint, paint marker
19.3 x 30.5 x 13.1 cm, 7 5/8 x 12 x 5 1/8 in

Edition of 2 plus 2 artist's proofs

Three Uses of the Knife, 2024

Chrome steel, enamel paint, paint marker
19.3 x 30.5 x 13.1 cm, 7 5/8 x 12 x 5 1/8 in

Aviary Queens, 2024

Cast bronze, oil primer, oil paint
29.5 x 13 x 13 cm, 11 5/8 x 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in

Edition of 2 plus 2 artist's proofs

Aviary Queens, 2024

Cast bronze, oil primer, oil paint
29.5 x 13 x 13 cm, 11 5/8 x 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in

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