Andreas Fischer: Interview

Andreas Fischer, Supposing We Were Ever So Sure Of All Those Things -What Would
Andreas Fischer, Supposing We Were Ever So Sure Of All Those Things -What Would We Know Then That We Don’t Already?, 23 x 21 inches, oil, acrylic, charcoal, and pencil, 2012 (courtesy of the artist)

Caroline Picard interviews painter Andreas Fischer, co-curator of the recent exhibition Rehearsal Attire at Slow Gallery, Chicago.

Fischer comments that painting "is a kind of materialization of reception or reaction — action painting in a sense, but not as a statement — maybe more like the way an electronic instrument might monitor a changing environment... painting is like an electronic instrument in that it is a kind of sensor and feedback system that outputs interpretable data as the world moves — the meaning of the painting (or its output) changes as the stuff around it changes. I am interested in the act of painting as a way of thinking, sorting or diagnosing. Both painting and electronic instruments come into being in a sense because of what they need to be able to do with their environments. Electronic instruments are programmed to track, calculate, and relay data based on socially developed criteria or perceived need. Maybe we do a version of this too as individuals and if so I think painting is likely a materialization of this kind of reflection of a larger social environment."