After Velazquez – SCHAUFENSTER JUNGE KUNST
In his exhibition After Velazquez, Kai Fischer presents conceptual works from his Recibos and Paraphrases series. With both series, he appropriates well-known still lifes by transforming them into cash register slips. For this, he buys the depicted objects in ordinary retail shops, so that, for example, Caravaggio’s fruit basket becomes a receipt with figs, apples, peaches, pears and grapes.
For the Paraphrases series, Fischer sticks the cash register slips on postcards with the original motif and sends them to the institution that own the appropriated painting. There the postcard is rubber-stamped and then returned to the artist. In the Recibos series, Fischer translates the cash register slips into large-format paintings on affiche paper. By having the names of friends appear as cashiers, concealing messages in the barcodes, or by the day of completion becoming the date of the purchase, he inscribes himself, his everyday life and his environment into the works.
In addition to works from the two series, the artist is also showing video works that are also based on clear concepts that Fischer implements with wit and a twinkle in his eye. For the works entitled Kunst im Kreiseverkehr (Art in the Roundabout), he rents an e-scooter and drives it around a monument for as long as the maximum rental time or the battery allows. The video is a recording of his mobile phone screen during this period and is equally the documentation of a performance as well as a digital drawing.
With the exhibition at Schaufenster Junge Kunst, Kai Fischer shows a representative selection of his works and enables visitors to find commonalities and cross-connections – both within the series and across series.
Kai Fischer lives and works in Stuttgart and Mannheim. He studied fine arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart with Prof. Ricarda Roggan and Prof. Reto Boller. While still a student, he founded the performance collective Schwäbischer Online-Albverein. His solo exhibitions have included the Kunstverein Wagenhalle, Stuttgart and the Galerie Kernweine, Stuttgart. He has also participated in group exhibitions at the Galerie Mark Müller, Zurich, the Städtische Galerie Villingen-Schwenningen, the Folkwang Museum, Essen and the Galerie Eigen + Art in Leipzig.
Curated by Paul Ambros
The exhibitions in the SCHAUFENSTER JUNGE KUNST are supported by the Helmut-Fischer Foundation.