Matthew F Fisher
'From the Outside', 2022
10 x 17 x 9cm (variable)
Edition of 18 + 2 APs
£2,750 + VAT
Matthew F Fisher’s (b. 1976, Boston MA) artistic practice contemplates nature’s life cycles and the universe at large using a highly stylised visual language of recurring motifs: frozen waves, statuesque sea shells and crustaceans, monolithic rock formations, soaring gulls, radiating suns, and orbiting planets.
Fisher sees the ocean as a reflective metaphor for the cosmos above; both are vast and mysterious, incomprehensible, alluring, never-ending and perpetually in motion. Although fisher repeatedly alludes to ideas of deep time, the work is born out of personal experience, his own georgaphies, and memories. For Fisher, things must remain close and cosmic simultaneously; sometimes what is felt can only be expressed on the scale of an ocean, an infinite universe.
For this limited-edition series, Fisher translates one of his most recurrent and characteristic icons within his oeuvre from the past decade – the graphic, foam-crested wave – into three-dimensional form using a medium entirely new to his practice: glass. As well as having a material connection to the sand that frequently features in minute detail in his seascapes, translating this icon into an object of permanence using an ancient medium speaks to Fisher’s rumination on timeless subject matters. The nature of glass hot-sculpted by hand means each edition is unique, each wave cresting and forming slightly differently.
"What I remember most about this time was two things. One, the view of the endless horizon line and mystery of what I couldn't see. The other was the constant soundtrack of the waves breaking on the shore outside. I remember going to bed to that crash, and waking up to it. A reminder to me that while I slept, the world continued to be awake. The grandness of the earth, the systems and routines that have always happened, like clockwork, and that I was just a passive witness to this clock."
- Matthew F Fisher talking about his grandfather's beach house on Long Island
Behind the Scenes at the Glass Workshop
About the artist
Matthew F Fisher’s (b. 1976, Boston MA) artistic practice contemplates nature’s life cycles and the universe at large using a highly stylised visual language of recurring natural motifs.
Having grown an affinity for the natural world from a childhood spent near the water, Fisher renders seaside scenes and graphic natural forms using memories of experience of being in nature, rather than painting directly from it. His slow, laboured practice of layering acrylic and inks into smooth waves and glowing orbs, or flecks of sand and spray, adds to the great sense of presence that these symbols - fossilised in paint - exude. His compositions strike a balance between familiarity and surrealism; maintaining deeply personal meaning within his work whilst enabling the viewer to derive their own narrative. He states: “I strive to make works that meet middle – between me and you."
Fisher lives and works in Manhattan, New York City. His works have been placed in public and corporate collections, including: the New York City Department of Education - Public Art for Public Schools, Fidelity Investments (Boston, MA), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA), and Dogfish Brewery (Milton, DE). Fisher has exhibited widely at Taymour Grahne Projects, London (2022), Ochi Projects, Los Angeles (2021); SHRINE, New York (2020); Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA (2018); Over Under Room, NY (2018); and Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York (2017), among many others.