Lars Fisk

Wattle & Daub

Feb 4 — Mar 14, 2020
London

Opening Reception:
February 4, 6-8 PM 

Marlborough is pleased to present the first UK solo exhibition by New York-based sculptor Lars Fisk. Presenting 8 new works, the artist continues his exploration of the sphere as a formal device for reframing everyday objects. This startling transformation draws attention to his subjects’ design, construction, craftsmanship, as well as teasing out their symbolic meaning—especially as it relates to niche subcultures, vernacular craft obsessions and the unnoticed omnipresence of infrastructure.  The natural environment (trees), revered architectural traditions (the wood and stucco method of the Tudor style that gives the show its title), drop-out subcultures and the attendant design of self-sufficiency (a traditional canal houseboat) are all explored along with more commercial expressions of appealing industrial design (a classic BMW sportscar), and even culturally loaded traditional modes of dress (hand-sewn Lederhosen).

The sculptures are all made from scratch in the studio and crafted from the actual materials of their subject.  They often incorporate tell-tale decorative elements and found-object augmentations that break free from the contour of the sphere and signal the specificity of the object’s context. This often allows for adjacent, sub-categorical craft traditions like thatching, knot-tying, upholstery, brass work, etc. to be featured as components of the larger sculpture.

Underscoring Fisk’s dynamic approach to scale and commitment to his formal parameters, a special new work features a special new work features a single droplet of water held in spherical stasis inside a specially designed barometric chamber with hydrophobic surfaces. This sculpture reflects the most reductive, simplest natural occurrence of the sphere and serves as a concise counterpoint to the complexity and increasing sprawl of the larger works.

Taken together, the work strives to celebrate the point where mundane necessity and the manufactured product intersect with inspired design and ingenious solutions for living. As a result, the sculptures evoke the seemingly contradictory traditions of Pop flash and the more conceptual/activist leanings of an artist like Andrea Zittel who utilizes the language of industrial design and architecture to celebrate a thriving existence off the grid and outside of the cultural mainstream.

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Works

Fisk, houseboatball, 2020, steel, glass, vinyl, enamel, found objects, dimensions variable, cnon 62.061 luke walker (lef edit 1)
Houseboatball, 2020, steel, glass, vinyl, enamel, found objects, dimensions variable. Photo: Luke Walker.
Fisk, houseboatball, 2020, steel, glass, vinyl, enamel, found objects, dimensions variable, cnon 62.061 luke walker (lef edit 2)
Detail.
Fisk, houseboatball, 2020, steel, glass, vinyl, enamel, found objects, dimensions variable, cnon 62.061 luke walker (lef edit 3)
Detail.
Fisk, houseboatball, 2020, steel, glass, vinyl, enamel, found objects, dimensions variable, cnon 62.061 luke walker (lef edit 4)
Detail.
Fisk, droplet (active environment), 2020, mixed media, 59 x 24 x 24 in., 149.8 x 61 x 61 cm, cnon 62.067 luke walker (lef edit 2)
Droplet (Active Environment), 2020, acrylic, brass, aluminum, hardware, calibration equipment, motor, found stand, hydrophobic coating, water, 59 × 24 × 24 in., 149.9 × 61 × 61 cm. Photo: Luke Walker.
Fisk, droplet (active environment), 2020, mixed media, 59 x 24 x 24 in., 149.8 x 61 x 61 cm, cnon 62.067 luke walker (lef edit 1)
Detail. Photo: Luke Walker.
Fisk, droplet (active environment), 2020, mixed media, 59 x 24 x 24 in., 149.8 x 61 x 61 cm, cnon 62.067 luke walker (lef edit 3)
Detail. Photo: Luke Walker.
Fisk, droplet (passive environment), 2020, glass, water, hydrophobic coating, 2 1 2 x 2 1 2 x 2 1 2 in., 6.3 x 6.3 x 6.3 cm, cnon 62.064 luke walker (lef edit)
Droplet (Passive Environment), 2020, glass, water, hydrophobic coating, 2 1/2 × 2 1/2 × 2 1/2 in., 6.4 × 6.4 × 6.4 cm. Photo: Luke Walker.
Fisk, 2002ball, 2020, steel, glass, auto parts, lift jack, diameter 50 in., 127 cm, cnon 62.063  luke walker (lef edit 1)
2002ball, 2020, steel, glass, auto parts, lift jack, diameter 50 in., 127 cm. Photo: Luke Walker.
Fisk, 2002ball, 2020, steel, glass, auto parts, lift jack, diameter 50 in., 127 cm, cnon 62.063  luke walker (lef edit 2)
Alternate view.
Fisk, lederhosenball, 2019, leather, suede, stag horn, polycarbonate, metal buckles, milking stool, diameter 28 in., 71.1 cm, cnon 62.062 luke walker (lef edit)
Lederhosenball, 2019, leather, suede, stag horn, polycarbonate, metal buckles, milking stool, diameter 28 in., 71.1 cm. Photo: Luke Walker.
Fisk, treeball (ash) (view 1), 1998, wood, bark, diameter 29 in., 73.7 cm, cnx 7270 luke walker (lef edit)
Treeball (Ash), 1998, wood, bark, diameter 29 in., 73.7 cm. Photo: Luke Walker.
Fisk, treeball (cedar) (view 1), 2019, wood, bark, diameter 22 in., 55.9 cm, cnon 62.065 luke walker (lef edit)
Treeball (Cedar), 2019, wood, bark, diameter 22 in., 55.9 cm. Photo: Luke Walker.
Fisk, treeball (shagbark hickory) (view 2), 2019, wood, bark, diameter 36 in., 91.4 cm, cnon 62.064 luke walker (lef edit)
Treeball (Shagbark Hickory), 2019, wood, bark, diameter 36 in., 91.4 cm. Photo: Luke Walker.
Fisk, tudor ball (view 1), 2019, wood, stucco, terra cotta, plastic, steel, glass, diameter 65 in., 165.1 cm, cnon 62.068 luke walker (lef edit)
Tudor Ball, 2019, wood, stucco, terra-cotta, plastic, steel, glass, diameter 65 in., 165.1 cm. Photo: Luke Walker.

Press

Fisk, droplet (active environment), 2020, mixed media, 59 x 24 x 24 in., 149.8 x 61 x 61 cm, cnon 62.067 luke walker (lef edit 1)
Fisk wattle and daub. marlborough london installation view 3 luke walker
Fisk 2002ball 2020 steel glass auto parts lift jack diameter 50 in. 127 cm
Fisk houseboatball 2020 steel glass vinyl enamel found objects dimensions variable cnon 62.061 1600 xxx q85
Fisk, treeball (ash) (view 1), 1998, wood, bark, diameter 29 in., 73.7 cm, cnx 7270 luke walker (lef edit)
Fisk, lederhosen ball, 2019 (rgb)
Fisk, lederhosen ball, 2019 (rgb)
Fisk, lederhosen ball, 2019 (rgb)