Urs Fischer burns down wax sculptures at the Bourse de Commerce in Pairs
Swiss artist Urs Fischer’s latest exhibition consists of a series of melting wax sculptures. Exhibiting at the newly opened Bourse de Commerce in Pairs, Fischer continues the project ‘Untitled (2011)’ with this redesigned installation. The exhibition consists of multiple life-size sculptures made out of wax that work like giant candles.
One sculpture we see at the center is a large replica of the famous sculpture ‘The Abduction of the Sabine Women’ (1579-1582)by sculptor Giambologna. We also see a sculpture depicting Urs Fischer’s peer and friend Rudolf Stingel along with seven different wax chairs.
“Before being lit, this ensemble of candles encapsulates mastery, realism, verticality, and virtuosity but over the course of the exhibition, as the candles burn, these values are inverted by the workings of chance and entropy: the sculpture becomes informal, even formless. The wax liquefies, and that which seemed perennial and genuine turns out to be fragile and fictitious.” – Via the Gallery Statment
The installation will last until the works have all melted away and are nothing more than a puddle of wax. “The installation is a monument to impermanence, transformation, the passage of time, metamorphosis, and creative destruction.” said the Gallery about the project.
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