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Urs Fischer, BLISS, 2017


November 17 - January 2018


39 Spring Street, New York

First shown at Gavin Brown's Enterprise in Rome, Italy, Urs Fischer's Bliss, 2017, a single large-scale sculpture, is now on view at 39 Spring Street through the end of the year. The interactive installation is a MUST GO for adults and children of any age! Read below for a short excerpt taken from the show in Rome's press release.

"Almost three meaters tall [...] Bliss is realised in plasticine, a sensitive material more malleable than clay and easy to imprint and manipulate. The work is destined to be progressively transformed by viewer interventions, as the public is free to remodel the white surface of the sculpture by shaping it and unveiling its psychedelic interior.

The ecstatic expression of the woman, with her closed eyes and mouth slightly open in a soft smile, conveys well being to whomever is looking at her, almost an invitation to participate. Her shoulders emerge from a low plasticine pedestal upon which visitors can climb, physically becoming part of the art work.

As in numerous past works, Fischer concentrates his attention on the creative and destructive process, and on the transformation of materials. Unlike his previous sculptures in clay or his wax portraits, destined to an inexorable destruction, Bliss presents itself as an open image which can be constantly redefined and regenerated. Each alteration marks a new phase – no intervention is definitive and each gesture is potentially reversible."

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