Cross-Pollination: Lars J. Fishedick
“In the heat of working towards this exhibition, on five or six pieces at the same time, unexpected things started to occur. Each piece did something to the others: infecting each other. There was a fertilisation taking place… a cross-pollination. This word is mainly used in botanical terms, but it is also used in relation to jazz music. It was exactly what I felt was happening with my work, but I also noticed it happening everywhere around me.
In these works I also explore liminal space, the space between perpetrator and victim, and my own shadow. There seems to be an invisible interconnectedness between opposites. Like a web that keeps them in a co-dependant, energetic relationship. Shadow is not the absence of light (Goethe), light needs shadow and shadow needs light. Between them you will find all the colours on the spectrum.”
– Lars J. Fischedick
Leadership magazine: featuring Lars J. Fischedick
Geometrie des Krieges
Carved and burned wood
245 x 123 cm
‘As it is with many artists, Lars J. Fischedick knows and understands the dilemma of pretending to be what you are not and hiding what you are. He has also come to know that the shadow in art as it is in life, has its own light.
Franz Kafka wrote: “… A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us …”
To me, such is the work of Lars J. Fischedick. He has taken an axe to free a dormant creativity. As if slicing into a deep, genetic memory, he has given shape to a calligraphy of ancient lines, curves and shadows … a geometry of blood and stone, of one thing becoming something else. He has found his voice.’
– Dr Ian McCallum, August 2017
Cape Times Article:
Lars has spent the last 25 years fascinated by 3 dimensional spaces. His exploration has been through architecture, model building, sculpture and art installations.
He was born in Germany and started his career with a focus in Contemporary Architecture, collaborating on Christo and Jean-Claude’s Wrapped Reichstag Project for Berlin.
In 2002, he moved to Cape Town and in 2010 Lars decided to pursue a full time career in art. By combining his knowledge of materials with perceptual shifts from aerial to perspective, he has formed a new artistic narrative. A major influence in Lars’s current work is projective geometry and mathematics, particularly explorations from the personal inner perspective to the geometrical infinite. Through his work, Lars gives his audience an experience of space, challenges their perceptual boundaries, and makes invisible aspects of this experience, visible.
“It is both logical and playful, mathematical and infinite.
The discovery of anything new changes our perception and the way we see and experience the world we live in. So, if I stand in a closed up old barn I can see through the gaps of the planks the outside light, but not the rays streaming in. Only the moment I kick some dust up do the rays become visible right around me. This does not mean that those rays didn’t exist the moment I entered the barn. It became part of my reality the moment I kicked the dust.
My art is about kicking up that dust.” – Lars J. Fischedick