Craig Fisher makes large-scale sculptural installations using various fabrics / materials that question representations of violence and disaster. While the individual details of the installations Fisher makes may reference the latest in avant-garde design, the overall impression is that you are being transported by your TV to the latest media disaster: Or is it a film set – Kill Bill meets South Park, The Shining via The Wizard of Oz and then back again through Bowling for Columbine! Fisher creates an aftermath of multiple popular references. Familiarity, confused by representational play recedes leaving a nightmarish playground of soft-edged things to consider. The theatricality of the paintings/installations Fisher makes allows the viewer to engage in a narrative interplay, the sense of saturation at play in the work makes it easy to miss the horror due to the seductive nature and materiality of the artwork.
He is particularly interested in playing with boundaries, mixing techniques of art and craft, referencing both ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture and juxtaposing the pictorial with the sculptural as potential spaces of slippage, which allow for discoveries beyond confined and referenced fields of art production. The audience are asked to perceive this ‘state-in-between’ as a challenge to their habits of looking.
Fisher is interested in exploring notions of interdisciplinarity as a way of examining the boundaries between disciplines. He interrogates the use of textiles and non-traditional materials within Fine Art Practice as a way of considering its subversive potential and to question predetermined boundaries.
Selected solo exhibitions
Up To No Good, Lace Market Gallery, Nottingham
Homemade Devices, Beach Gallery, London
Pretty Disastrous, James Freeman Gallery, London
Reckless Behaviour CoExist Gallery, TAP, Southend-on-Sea
- CAT-AS-TROPHE! Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
- Foolish Act, Plymouth College of Art Gallery, Plymouth
- Hazardous Materials Millais Gallery, Southampton Solent University, Southampton
- Misadventure Galerie BK, Bern, Switzerland
- Folly and Violence Plymouth College of Art Gallery, Plymouth
Hold Your Fire Rokeby Gallery, London
Selected group exhibitions
- Gettin’ the Heart Ready, The Royal Standard, Liverpool
- Small Sculpture Show, Village Green Festival 2016, Chalkwell Park, Southend-on-Sea
- BAD SIGNS/adjustments, (in collaboration with Louisa Chambers & Rob Flint), Kram Gallery, London
- If a pair is two, what is three? Part 2 – Razzle: All that Jazz, The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire
- If a pair is two, what is three? Part 1 – In the Paravent, The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire
- Now For Tomorrow II, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham
- Standardised Versions (Rubble) Billboard Commission, Bloc Projects, Sheffield
- Things we didn’t have before, Pump House Gallery, London
- Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015, Jerwood Space, London (touring exhibition to Cheltenham Art Gallery, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury and Falmouth Art Gallery).
- Drawn Conversations, Institute for Creative Enterprise, Coventry University, Coventry (collaboration with Helen Stratford)
- Stand In, Small Collections Room, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
- Variety Show I, (collaboration with Helen Stratford) Expanded Studios Project, Primary, Nottingham
- Variety Show XIII, (collaboration with Helen Stratford) Expanded Studios Project Aid & Abet, Cambridge
- Nottingham Castle Open 2014, Selected by Sean Edwards, Antony Micallef and Kirsty Ogg, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham
- Craft Emergency 2014, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
- Art Across The City 2014, LOCWS International, National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
Subversive Design, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton