Water works: Urs Fischer’s fountains on show at LA’s Gagosian Gallery

Museum with exhibitions and artwork on the wall
Neo-Dadaist Urs Fischer’s latest show ‘Urs Fischer Fountains’ is on view at Gagosian’s Beverly Hills outpost.
(Image credit: Josh White)

The exceptional in the art world runs from out of the box sculpture to cutting edge paintings, photography and even video but Neo-Dadaist Urs Fischer, whose work can be found in the permanent collections of prestigious museums worldwide is now broadening his reach considerably. He’s just swerved away a bit from the sculptural and turned to the functional with Gagosian's Beverly Hills outpost currently showcasing ‘Urs Fischer Fountains.’

For the Zurich born, New York-based Fischer, his latest oeuvre bares no relation to conventional fountains in shape. Dubbed ‘active sculptures', they range in shape and materials; one a rather skeleton form, cast in bronze; others hand built clay models, powder coated in white with the rims in rosy raw bronze. Installed, they transform routine white spaces into rather village like squares where visitors saunter around the fountains which are flanked by Fischer’s newest compelling paintings.

‘He pushes the boundaries of traditional sculpture to include fully operative fountains,’ says Deborah McLeod, Gagosian director. 'What an unexpected thrill to confront a noisy gush of water more than ten feet high in one gallery, and an elegantly tiered fountain misting and flowing gently in another,’ she adds referring to the experiential nature of the works.

So although California remains plagued with a dire drought, the environmentally conscious Fischer ‘s creations hew to responsible water usage as each contains their own recycling systems. Simply consider that the projected water usage for the month-long exhibition is close to 300 gallons of water; far less than the average daily use of one household.

With dealer Jeffrey Deitch, actor Chole Sevigny and artist Julian Schnabel amidst a sea of collectors all turning out for the opening, Fischer’s fountains hit the spot.

Museum with a sculpture in the middle

The works on show have been dubbed ‘active sculptures’ and bare no relation to conventional fountains.

(Image credit: Josh White)

Fountain sculpture in a middle of a museum

The pieces have a skeleton form cast in bronze from hand built clay models and then powder coated in white with the rims in rosy raw bronze. 

(Image credit: Josh White)

A sculpture in front of two identical paintings

’He pushes the boundaries of traditional sculpture to include fully operative fountains,’ says Gagosian director Deborah McLeod.

(Image credit: Josh White)

Painting

’What an unexpected thrill to confront a noisy gush of water more than ten feet high in one gallery, and an elegantly tiered fountain misting and flowing gently in another,’ says McLeod. Pictured: TBD, 2015. Courtesy: artist and Gagosian Gallery © Urs Fischer

(Image credit: Mats Nordman)

Colourful painting

Although California remains plagued with a dire drought, the environmentally conscious Fischer‘s creations hew to responsible water usage with their own recycling systems. Pictured: TBD, 2015. Courtesy: artist and Gagosian Gallery © Urs Fischer

(Image credit: Mats Nordman)

Black and white painting of a face

Fischer's 'active sculptures' are flanked by his newest compelling paintings. Pictured: TBD, 2015. Courtesy: artist and Gagosian Gallery © Urs Fischer

(Image credit: Mats Nordman)

INFORMATION

‘Urs Fischer: Fountains’ runs till 17 October at Gagosian Gallery (opens in new tab)

Photography courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

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