Process: Finding Inspiration at MOCA with Urs Fischer


This week I spent time at Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art where an Urs Fischer exhibit is currently on display. This is his first comprehensive museum retrospective in the United States. Some of Fischer's works are dreamy and whimsical while others can be disturbingly clever. Some aspects feel as though you stepped into a fairy tale, while others have you question your own perception of reality. 

One of the best part of the exhibits: Horses Dream of Horses, 1500 handmade raindrops that hung from nylon filament, put a new perspective on the surrounding works as they are shrouded by this blue filter. With works such as this, the viewer can feel almost intrusive of the piece. Not surprisingly, you cannot walk through the cloud of rain. I found this out this out after stern warnings from the security guards when I stepped too far into the middle. 

The security guards had a lot of trouble with me, actually. Taking video is apparently frowned upon too. Whoops. 

I couldn't help it though- great exhibits like this exhilarate us to rethink even the simplest products. When you walk to the second half of the room only to realize the artist has literally sawed through the wall and you're walking through that hole, you feel part of the work. It turns a museum into something more, the essence of Fischer's process, of his own studio or workspace. 

To feel part of Fischer's work, to me, was the most inspiring part of this exhibit. Part of our work is to take the simple- the essential- and transform it into something exciting. So when someone rubs their hand across our luggage tags or our collar stays or one of our notebooks, they're holding something that we helped create. They can feel the process, they can imagine the commitment.

When you walk through the exhibit, you'll notice the ground, covered in black adhesive vinyl, runs up the walls. The white that covers the wall is haphazardly spread at the bottom allowing the white and black to overlap. It evokes the energy of the process. This is key to any piece of work. At Owen & Fred, we question how to do this everyday. To make our customers feel just as involved as we are. 

With that said, have you seen the Urs Fischer exhibit or any of his work? What did you think? How did it inspire you?