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A Product of Our Environment

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A Product of Our Environment

“Sculptural installation as spatial interruption” is how Fischer, who has spent a number of years in Berlin and Australia, describes her work; and says she is most interested in the moment a person enters a space, and how they react to the set as a whole...

We’re All in This Together (2012)
Installation view at Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne
Paper and adhesive 1:1 scale models and audio
Photo: Matthew Stanton

When most people see litter in public places, they’ll probably offer a shake of the head, or mutter something about how little respect people have for the environment. Some might even pick a bit up and throw it in the bin. Few will take it home with them and use it as the basis for a sculptural installation. Welcome to the world of Carly Fischer.

Her work consists of sets recalling spaces she has encountered, but does not use actual found litter. Instead she recreates in paper the discarded items that were at the scene – a process she says introduces a theatricality to the work that would not be present by simply re-dumping the real stuff. “Sculptural installation as spatial interruption” is how Fischer, who has spent a number of years in Berlin and Australia, describes her work; and says she is most interested in the moment a person enters a space, and how they react to the set as a whole. Anyone who takes that much time re-creating a fag-end certainly demonstrates laudable commitment to her artistic cause. Keep an eye out for her future exhibitions.

Carly Fischer

Life tends to come and go, that’s ok as long as you know (2011)
Installation view at KWADRAT, Berlin
Paper and adhesive 1:1 scale models
Photo: Bernhard Volkwein

Carly Fischer

We’re All in This Together (2012)
Installation view at Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne
Paper and adhesive 1:1 scale models and audio
Photo: Matthew Stanton

Carly Fischer

I want to love you but I’m getting blown away (2012)
Installation view at REH Kunst, Berlin
Paper, foam core, adhesive and spray-paint
1:1 scale models and audio
Photo: Bernhard Volkwein

Carly Fischer

I want to love you but I’m getting blown away (2012)
Installation view at REH Kunst, Berlin
Paper, foam core, adhesive and spray-paint
1:1 scale models and audio
Photo: Bernhard Volkwein

Carly Fischer

I heard it from my friends about the things you said (2010)
Installation view at Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne
Paper, foam core, adhesive and spray-paint
1:1 scale models
Photo: Matthew Stanton

Carly Fischer

Life tends to come and go, that’s ok as long as you know (2011)
Installation view at KWADRAT, Berlin
Paper and adhesive 1:1 scale models
Photo: Bernhard Volkwein

Carly Fischer

I want to love you but I’m getting blown away (2012)
Installation view at REH Kunst, Berlin
Paper, foam core, adhesive and spray-paint
1:1 scale models and audio
Photo: Bernhard Volkwein

Carly Fischer

We’re All in This Together (2012)
Installation view at Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne
Paper and adhesive 1:1 scale models and audio
Photo: Matthew Stanton

Carly Fischer

I heard it from my friends about the things you said (2010)
Installation view at Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne
Paper, foam core, adhesive and spray-paint
1:1 scale models
Photo: Matthew Stanton

All images courtesy Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne and KWADRAT, Berlin

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