Urs Fischer: Denominator

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555 West 24th St, NY 10011, New York, United States
Open: Tue-Sat 10am-6pm


Urs Fischer: Denominator

to Sat 15 Oct 2022

Artist: Urs Fischer

555 West 24th St, NY 10011 Urs Fischer: Denominator

Tue-Sat 10am-6pm

Objects are an extension of our bodies, our needs, our desires.
—Urs Fischer

Gagosian presents an exhibition of new work by Urs Fischer in New York, coinciding with his presentation at the Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles.


CHAOS #501, 2022

Raw data file, instructions for rendering the artwork in motion, digital rendering, url, and LED screen
8869.0 × 4081.0 × 51.0 mm
160 11/16 x 349 3/16 x 2 inches / 408.1 x 886.9 x 5.1 cm
Unique © Urs Fischer. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging. Courtesy Gagosian

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People, 2022

Gypsum board, metal studs, plywood, painting facsimiles (canvas, wood panel, gesso, primer, oil, gold leaf, varnish), digital files, and projectors
0.0 × 0.0 × 0.0 mm
Variable dimensions
Unique © Urs Fischer. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging. Courtesy Gagosian

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Denominator, 2020–2022

Database, algorithms, and LED cube
3600.0 × 3600.0 × 3600.0 mm
141 3/4 x 141 3/4 x 141 3/4 inches / 360 x 360 x 360 cm
Edition of 2 + 1 AP © Urs Fischer. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging. Courtesy Gagosian

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Denominator features three new projects: Denominator (2020–22), a large sculpture composed of LED screens; People (2022), an installation based on a room at the National Gallery, London; and CHAOƧ #501, the culmination of the CHAOƧ series of digital sculptures.

Denominator is a 12-foot cube constructed from LED screens that display a sequence of fragments from international television commercials in a shifting composition that spans the history of the medium. Through the use of AI algorithms, the commercials have been deconstructed into individual shots, which are then grouped by theme or color and displayed in layered patterns and choreographed sequences.

People is a full-scale recontextualization of room 43 of the National Gallery, overlaid with a 360-degree projection of heads sourced from online videos. In this installation, the turn-of-the-century museum interior becomes a medium, illuminating occidental culture at the moment of its decoupling from institutional power and transforming it into an individualized form of expression, the projected heads representing thousands of people in the act of sharing their opinions with remote audiences.

CHAOƧ #501 is the culmination of a multiyear series of digital sculptures. The inaugural visualization on view in New York is a two-dimensional rendering—displayed on a 14-by-30-foot 8K wall display—in which all one thousand digital objects from the CHAOƧ series move independently of each other through a defined space. Each element in the CHAOƧ series is based on an everyday object that has undergone a metamorphosis from physical to digital existence through a variety of scanning processes. The details and imperfections found in the physical world are intentionally preserved.

Together, the objects assembled in CHAOƧ #501 form a subjective encyclopedic composition that tells the story of humanity through the artifacts it leaves behind. We primarily interact with matter that has been altered, cultivated, engineered, or manufactured, and as we fill the planet with new products, the variety of flora, fauna, and funga diminishes.

Installation view, Urs Fischer: Denominator at Gagosian West 24th St, New York, September 9 - October 15, 2022 © Urs Fischer. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging. Courtesy Gagosian

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