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Urs Fischer Swiss

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Many of Fischer’s works court the tension between permanence and impermanence. Some are designed to self-destruct, while others only appear to be disintegrating; 2 falls into the latter category. What we see in the gallery is the result of a protracted process that involves making as well as destroying. After fashioning a clay model—a nude, headless female body displayed flamboyantly on a divan—Fischer removed chunks of material. These ragged, formless lumps were then cast in bronze along with the figure, which Fischer later painted by hand. The final work records every tear, scrape, and abrasion, suggesting not only decay and ruination but sexual violence as well.

2, Urs Fischer (Swiss, born Zurich, 1973), Cast bronze, oil paint, palladium leaf, clay bole, chalk gesso, rabbit skin glue

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