Urs Fischer at Sadie Coles


Urs Fischer’s exhibition staged at Sadie Coles in London will remain on view until 18 August 2018.

Fischer’s covers the fields of painting, sculpture and installation, as well as photography and drawing. Often assimilated to artists such as Martin Kippenberger, Franz West, Fischli & Weiss,  Fischer’s work simultaneously echoes the shifting moods of Dada, Pop Art and conceptualism.

So you have this thing: it is a drawing, a painting, a silkscreen, a print: what is it?

“It is all of these things, and I don’t want to reduce it to a medium or a definition. I believe it doesn’t matter what part of your body you use to make art, it is all the same: your mind, your body, your foot. Working on the phone, you basically paint with light. I like it better myself, because it is much closer to playing an instrument: your direct touch transfers immediately into what it is, rather than needing to move material around. You don’t have material restrictions, you can go back and remove stuff, you don’t have to damage, change or ruin a painting, you can just go back, you have freedom. I made many, many of these drawings and I can choose to go back in, make copies, change things, because they are all just files on my phone, until they are not.

I have a great big studio but I like that I am not using it at all, I am just sitting on the couch with my phone. It is awesome. And I can zoom in, I can work in detail on tiny things. The radius of my hand can do the same move in a very big or very small scale. I am not restricted by the real scale of my arm. On a traditional painting you are aware of how a hand or arm moved across that surface, both the reality and limitations of that.” Urs Fischer said about the new artworks.