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Uli Fischer

Uli Fischer (b. 1953), lives in Berlin. He studied textile design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover and art at Braunschweig University of Art. In the early 1980s, he lived in the United States, where he studied at UCLA, Los Angeles, also working as a colorist. In Berlin, he continued his studies as a color field painter. In parallel, he worked as a set maker and production designer for theatre and film. Since the early 1990s, he has regularly travelled to Asia, where he discovered the cult qualities of used, traditional textiles. As of then the ritual and social matrix, the patina and the signs of usage became the center stage and, in 2008, the tangible medium in his work. Since then he exhibited nationally and internationally, e.g. in Hangzhou (China), Vienna, London and Paris. In 2016, his work was exhibited in the Heidelberger Kunstverein.

Uli Fischer: Rising Spirit, 2014, historic linen and hemp, silk, linen and paper, stitched on linen, acoustic shape; photo: Uwe Walther, © Uli Fischer
Rising Spirit, 2014
Uli Fischer: Indigo Aurora 2011, historic cotton (indigo dyed), stitched on cotton on stretcher frame (two-piece); photo: Uwe Walther, © Uli Fischer
Indigo Aurora 2011 (two-piece)
Uli Fischer: Masse, 2010, raw silk, rayon, paper collage, acrylic, stitched on cotton; photo: Uwe Walther, © Uli Fischer
Masse, 2010 (two-piece)

Various fabrics (also historic), stitched on various elements; photos: Uwe Walther, © Uli Fischer

Searching, finding, touching, seeing, applying, composing, assembling, highlighting, stitching, unstitching. Uli Fischer acts as a transformer. His artworks primarily communicate using historic fabrics from all over the world, in a visual language based on traditional textiles. The material he seeks out is imbued with time and history, and with certain stages of everyday life, whether it is fragments of indigo dyed futons from the 1920s, or garments and fabric used for rituals. He traces the desire for abstraction with a painter's sensibility. But his objects reveal the traces of usage inherent to the material, thereby highlighting the tactile notion embedded in the medium.