Competing Against Reality: A Conversation with Urs Fischer
by Sandra Wagner
On a March afternoon, while preparing for a mid-career retrospective, Swiss artist Urs Fischer is modeling a bust at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA) Geffen Contemporary in Los Angeles. Assorted clay sculptures—crocodiles, hands, ships—cover the floor. These works are being made over a two-week period by 1,500
volunteers participating in Fischer’s YES, an installation of hundreds of unfired works. By the spring opening of the show, these galleries, as well as MOCA’s Grand Avenue space a mile away, would be filled with new works made for the retrospective and past works dating back to 1995....see the entire article in the print version of September's Sculpture magazine.
Installation view of “Urs Fischer” at MOCA LA, with (foreground) Untitled (Soft Bed), 2011. Cast aluminum, epoxy primer, polyester filler, one-component acrylic putty, urethane primer, polyester paint, and acrylic polyurethane matte clear coat, 64 x 74.75 x 101 in.