Kyle Ethan Fischer

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Fischer addresses the vestiges of colonialism and the dualism of both a European and native world view which often operate in opposition. By visually investigating system duality, he surveys the conscious, unconscious, and meta-conscious. He mimics elemental processes like erosion, deposition, combustion, and cooling in his art-making, exploring artistic control physically. Nature is both the controller and the crisis for the materials. Structure is attended through the adoption of various man-made grids like antique needlework, beadwork, chicken-wire, or diagrams of nano-tubes, military weapons, and silica. Fischer maps a subjective temporal experience for the viewer based on collective information.

 

Often artists use “passive” materials. These are resources that were acquired with the intent of being used in a piece of art sometime in the future. There is no specificity- even if the material was unique and bought for a particular piece, it was not integral to the process of creating. That course of action might garner the original intent for the work of art. Fischer’s emergent work encompasses a process that reduces the acquisition of material by “passive” means and encourages the collection of supplies through “active” viewer participation. The items may be a business card, a ribbon with a statement from a viewer written on it, or a special keepsake from a single individual’s needlecraft collection; whatever the case it is the viewer’s choice of material and relinquishing of the item that advances the artistic practice. In some cases, Fischer may not know what he will be receiving. The integration of video, light, and sound has also formulated a more “active” process. Through the illumination of the piece or by projecting an image onto the work, Fischer is producing an alteration of the original “passive” structure activating it. The formation of the art piece is also collectively driven.

 

Through additive and deductive manipulation of both the process driven and structural building blocks, Fischer is able to mutate the outcome creating imagery that is more poetic than didactic and redistributes the selective bias of the subject matter.

Kyle  Fischer Art © 2014