For the past decade I have been making photorealistic drawings based on appropriated images of artists and artworks culled from various art historical texts, magazines, and other references. I feel an inexplicable impulse towards this imagery, usually photographs of artists in their studios working or performing in some sense. Perhaps it’s a sentimental kinship I feel towards these interesting human beings who devote their lives to such irrational, creative impulses. There’s a profound desire to move closer to these images, to live with them, to experience them on a more intimate level. And drawing grants you access to such intimacy, whilst in the making or in the viewing. The touch of graphite to paper can be a very seductive thing.
The artist Sherrie Levine once said, “I’m not making art to make a point or to illustrate a theory, I’m making a picture I want to look at which is what I think everyone does. The desire comes first”. Ditto! The love and desire comes first, transcending the conceptual and overwrought, which leads to a warmer realm of homage and appreciation.
Dan Fischer (b. Brooklyn, N.Y., USA, 1977) graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the School of Art and Design, Alfred University (1999). Recent solo shows include Derek Eller Gallery, New York (2013); Alison Jacques Gallery, London (2011). His work has been included in many museum exhibitions, including Lifelike, Walker Art Center, MN (2012); The Anniversary Show, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA (2009); Picturing the Studio, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2009) and Two Years, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (2008).
His work belongs to many international collections, including: Tate, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA, CA; SFMoMA, San Francisco, CA; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY and Israel Museum, Jerusalem.