Urs Fischer “Play”

Gagosian Gallery 21st Street

poster for Urs Fischer “Play”
[Image: © Urs Fischer]

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The machine perpetuates its binary beat.
—Federico García Lorca, “Ode to Salvador Dalí” (1926)

Play is the origin of fiction.
—Urs Fischer

Gagosian presents PLAY, conceived by Urs Fischer with choreography by Madeline Hollander.

At the intersection of sculpture, behavior, and choreography, PLAY is an arena of chance encounters where visitors are invited to interact with nine office chairs that seem to have lives of their own.

Play, a ritual older than humankind, has set rules that distinguish it from reality, but it has no clear aim or value other than itself. Instead, it is merely a feedback loop, a push/pull of energy, bound by time and place. Accordingly, the chairs seem to behave in such ways as to belie some level of predictability—only to then debunk the illusion.

The more the viewer seeks to control the chairs, the clearer it becomes that they are not pawns or pets but participants. By attempting to understand the choreography, we actually create it, enacting the very patterns that we wish to decode.



from September 06, 2018 to October 13, 2018
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am to 6pm.

Opening Reception on 2018-09-06 from 18:00 to 20:00


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