Urs Fischer, with the huge success of his expositions in Paris and Venice, is one of the most important contemporary artist.
Three main reasons to love his works:
1. He is totally crazy and visionary.
“Urs Fischer’s universe is made of logic and absurd things, illusion and reality, made of violence and humor, of eternity and ephemeral” (Caroline Fischer, commissioner of the exposition “Madame Fischer”)
2. His art is ‘participative’.
“My creations start from improvisation. I try a lot before strenghtening them. It comes from childrens, too, who visit regularly my atelier”
3. His art is simple and accessible.
“Everytime the exposition does not appear as a traditional event, neither a retrospection, but an introspection, an invite to penetrate within his personal bubble” (one of his gallery owner)
The subject of the Perfect/Imperfect series demanded a change in studio protocol for Lichtenstein: instead of employing preliminary sketches derived from mass-produced images, these works were self-generated—in many ways like his Modern paintings (on view in a previous gallery)—with initial studies for these compositions plotted on graph paper. Line becomes the primary structural element, forming webs of shapes filled with areas of dots, diagonal lines, and flat color. The series represents his most sustained, if intermittent, foray into total abstraction within the Pop idiom. Lichtenstein followed a rule in the composition of hisPerfects: “The idea is that you can start with the line anywhere, and follow the line along, and draw all the shapes in the painting and return to the beginning.” Imperfect paintings are nearly identical, but where the Perfect idea celebrated boundaries, the Imperfects humorously subverted them. Lichtenstein explained, “In the Imperfect paintings, the line goes out beyond the rectangle of the painting, as though I missed the edge somehow.” Accommodating this “mistake,” eachImperfect includes an attached triangular protuberance that breaks the edge of the canvas.
These works certainly owe a debt to Nicholas Krushenick’s Pop abstractions and Frank Stella’s shaped canvases of the 1960s, as well as to the cool geometry of Neo-Geo (short for Neo-Geometric Conceptualism), a style practiced concurrently with Lichtenstein’s production of the Imperfects. Somewhat radically, he embraced the potential for the works in this series to be read as decor. As blank parodies, early versions of these works had already debuted as props in the Artist’s Studios paintings (on view in a previous gallery). Lichtenstein acknowledged the series as an evolved parody: “It seemed to be the most meaningless way to make an abstraction . . . dumb paintings . . . [like] the nameless or generic painting you might find in the background of a sitcom, the abstraction hanging over the couch.”
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“[…] John Steinbeck describes that accepting imperfection is an essential part of human life. Once we admit that we don’t have to be perfect, it enables us to love ourselves and to “be good”. It is only in striving for perfection that we set ourselves up to fail, and continue the circular process of self-loathing. […]”
“We are beautiful, no matter what they say, yes, words can’t bring us down,
We are beautiful in every single way” says Christina Aguilera in one of her most famous pop songs. Imperfection can’t prevent us from enjoying life, having a lot of friends and someone who loves us as we are: this song says that there will always be someone who criticizes us, but all we have to do is fight agains them, because everyone has imperfections and this does not mean lacking of something, but being someone who is aware of his particular and unique characteristics.
Every day people try to reach perfection in every single part of their life: Job, school, sport… The question is: Does Perfection really exist? Can we become unbeatable?
Well, maybe the answer is that each of us is perfect in our imperfection. Imperfection is a gift, imperfection is our strength and their… IMPERFECTION IS A CHAMPION!