FISHER, Fred, 1945
Artist Biography

Twisted, 2000
medium density fibreboard, synthetic polymer paint
135.0 cm x 49.0 cm x 49.0 cm


In my work practice I start with concept or form and generally produce a series of works. The works tend to feed off each other and I do not usually draw the objects. I resolve many of my conceptual problems by sketching on A4 paper sheets and the results often remind me of Tinguely's chaotic drawings. I also produce accurate, detailed, technical drawings when I need to resolve structural and geometric issues. I consider my work to be generally intuitive but recognise that this aspect of my practice is often obscured by process.

The impetus for the sculptures I am producing has come from the work and writing of Paul Klee. In The Thinking Eye, Klee deals at length with the 'orientation of pictorial space' and the journey from a point to a line, to a plane and then to form. These works are drawn specifically from what Klee calls 'orientation in space' and the relationship between an object and the pictorial plane. This relationship is addressed by the literal use of planar shapes in the construction of the objects. My objective is to produce sculptures that invite viewers to visually explore the various forms of perceptual structures associated with sculptural practice.

The titles, Twisted and Triple twist, are working titles and literal descriptions. The twisting of a damp cloth by the hand is reflected in the counter rotation of Twisted. The twisting of three strands of hemp to form a rope is reflected in the helical forms of Triple twist.

Twisted is an asymmetrical object where the form was established by the rotation of each disc a set distance around the circumference of the preceding disc. A template determined the size of each disc. The completed form has a figurative quality and displays two distinct characteristics when viewed. From a distance the horizontal planes dominate the form and the object appears to be almost white. As the object is approached the play between the alternating black and white faces of the discs becomes evident and produces an effect of movement.

Triple twist is an object where symmetry defines a form that has been constructed using the geometric principle of a helix. Two helical forms emerge from a solid base and a third joins them by piercing through the base. Circular discs painted alternately red and white were used in the construction of the object. The symmetry, the regularity of disc diameter and the rhythm of the helical forms do not provide the visual ambiguities evident in Twisted; the form dominates line and colour.

Fred Fisher, September 2001

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Twisted, FISHER, Fred, 2000
Triple twist, FISHER, Fred, 2001
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