Rob Fischer

April — May, 2011



Honor Fraser is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Rob Fischer, opening Saturday April 2, 6 to 8pm, and on view through May 7.

Fischer works in the vein of the transformative. Living and working in Brooklyn, the artist combines the influence of the rural landscape and more specifically the landscape of his native Minnesota and everyday urban life along with the strong influence of the Minimalists of the 1960s and 1970s in his work. Using salvaged material from abandoned buildings, junkyards, and defunct school gymnasiums, Fischer repurposes objects that began as ruined ghosts of things once functional. By slicing, cutting and decapitating, he extends the lifecycle of these materials; a boat is cut into multiple segments, reassembled as a new work and dissembled again. The basis for much of Fischer's work is the notion of memory. Recent work has been inspired by the mythology of the American road trip and the endless roadways and highways that intersect and connect the forgotten pockets of the country.

In this exhibition Fischer presents three sculptures that further develop and explore themes seen throughout his work. The artist recently participated in the Hammer Projects series, installing a major sculptural work on the museum's lobby wall. For years Fischer has reclaimed wooden floorboards from school gymnasiums throughout the Midwest. In his project at the Hammer he created a mural-like wall sculpture that existed as a labyrinth of roadways and paths of intersecting floorboards that refer back to the notion of the American road trip and an almost haphazard journey through nostalgia. Here Fischer presents a work from this series, a wall sculpture that serves as a fragment of the larger floorboard installations. In this work it is as if the artist has taken a snap shot of a metaphorical roadmap as the work snakes down the wall into a corner and onto the floor, ending mid-path. Further fragmenting familiar objects Fischer presents two sculptures referencing a normative form, the boat. With one work Fischer approaches the sculpture literally, fragmenting and reassembling a once functioning boat that he has reworked multiple times over the years. Here the artist quarters the boat, casts one portion of the work and reassembles adding painted panes of glass around the perimeter that create an enclosure that allow the viewer a glimpse of the interior. Fischer's second boat sculpture is further abstracted and sits vertically composed of a semi-transparent skin made of colored panes of glass and mirror.

Rob Fischer received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has had solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Cohan and Leslie, New York; Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara; Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis; Max Wigram Gallery, London; and Art in General, New York. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial; Greater New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York; Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Interval, Sculpture Center, Long Island City; Three Suitcases, Art and Idea, Mexico City; and Sculpture on Site, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. He has received, among other honors, the Bush Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship, Minneapolis, a residency from Art in General, New York, and the Minnesota State Arts Board Visual Arts Fellowship. He will be participating in the Chinati Foundation residency program in Marfa, TX in 2011 as well as a commissioned project by Los Angeles Nomadic Division.