Rob Fischer exhibited work at the Ice Plant at the conclusion of his residency in January 2012. Fischer is a New York based artist who makes sculpture, room-filling installations, as well as film and video that is often inspired by and made from discarded and recycled building materials and found bits of architectural debris. The results are formally beautiful works that can evoke modest, abandoned structures, yet tell a story of an American industrial past that has been uncannily crossed with a spirit of utopian inventiveness, ever in flux.
In Marfa, Fischer worked on a multifaceted piece that began as a kind of sculpture and was subsequently filmed—the subject being a mobile, colored glass house that over the course of being built, moved, suspended, and taken apart, embodies the formal, structural and emotive properties that inform his work.
Fischer was born in Minneapolis in 1968, and lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn. He received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1993. Fischer has had exhibitions of his work at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York; Cohan and Leslie, New York; Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles; Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara; Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis; Max Wigram Gallery, London; and Art in General, New York. His work has also been featured in group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial; Greater New York, P.S.1, Long Island City, New York; Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Sculpture Center, Long Island City; Art and Idea, Mexico City; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.