~URS FISCHER + CASSANDRA MACLEOD
FILE UNDER: LESS IS MORE + MORE IS MORE !!
URS FISCHER + CASSANDRA MACLEOD
OPENING RECEPTION: OCT 22, 2011
the show runs OCT 22 – NOV 12, 2011
GAVIN BROWN’S enterprise – 620 GREENWICH ST – NYC
the family unit.
the essentialnuclear family unit. as in Facebook scaled right back down to the smallest unit.
Less is more.
to understand one family – is to get the beauty of the whole human ‘life’ chain . . .
the press release/artist statement – holds the key.
it reads like a (human) code book – a poem written by someone who wants to keep a little distance, a little dignity – while he is really baring it all. telling you . . . something very private and something really important and intimate and meaningful about his own life, his young family . . . and how it shapes – his creative force.
the press release/artist statement opens like this:
“Beneath our feet is an inverted pyramid of excavated earth. It is the cup. The martini glass that will hold our DNA.”
if you saw the hole Urs dug here, you know exactly what he is saying . . . and if you can follow poetry, a roomful of many tables, some stacked one upon the other, a jumble of tables . . . i.e. MORE is MORE – becomes an homage to the poetry . . . that a young family, just starting out – shares.
it’s about infinity, depth, the unknown and the sole mother earth – that is our ground. that we learn to walk upon, and upon whom our lives play out – as we endlessly and infinitely – reproduce the human species. and try to evolve into a future . . . as we function in our survival mode. that is the path we walk. that is the floor of our homes, the gallery.
“Hovering over that mythic cup is a horizontal plane of our invention.”
Urs doesn’t mess around.
the hard edges of the tables and their conservative utility – are broken up into infinite possibility – by the multiplicity of acrylic silkscreened images – under a glossy coat of brushless surface lamination.
more IS more.
the metal legs – especially on the stacked tables – become a dynamic of their own.
would one want one ? or many stacked in an assortment, to be used as needed. or left as a sculpture. I don’t know.
I guess that would depend on if you were a less is more, or more is more – type person.
it was fun to come around a corner, and be stopped by the image.
“Together with the chair, the table is a first sculpture. Not a tool or a weapon, but an object autonomously itself while simultaneously integrated into our lived experience. Just like your dog, your table has evolved and entwined with us. It has run alongside, becoming indistinguishable and invisible.”
painting by Cassandra, edge of table by Urs . . .
“but these objects here now are the feral forms of our unconscious. They are our aliens, unmoored from our endless cycle and lifting off into other dimensions.”
ALL QUOTES – FROM THE GALLERY PRESS RELEASE/ARTIST STATEMENT
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH