Faules Fundament (Rotten Foundation)!” art exhibition by Urs Fischer is at Karma, New York, until 10 September 2017.
On top of potatoes, onions, carrots, apples, oranges, lemons, lettuce, mushrooms, and berries sits an approximately seven-foot tall brick and mortar wall. Its foundation of fruits and vegetables is in a constant state of flux. They are beautiful, luscious, and colorful in the beginning, still ripe, resembling a garden—the garden of eden—where it all began. But, they will decay.
First they start to smell strange and their colors change. Mold grows. As they begin to rot, their shape and substance transforms too and the precariousness of the wall becomes more and more apparent. Nature has the upper hand. It’s brute, downward-dragging, corroding, crumbling power produces a new form, possibly a degraded mess.
The natural world is subject to erosion. Organic material has a natural life span and it gives us an understanding of mortality and ruin. Brick and mortar, like in the fable of the three little pigs, is understood to be durable and resilient—wolf-proof.
This wall—haphazardly and looking partially built—resembles something which could have been part of a larger structure, thousands of years old and partially collapsed. But it is simply irregularly built, without the use of measuring or leveling tools. It’s future is prescribed at it’s outset as it is already in ruins.
The purpose of Faules Fundament (Rotten Foundation), is to illustrate labor, transformation, entropy, order and chaos as its materials alternate between stable and fresh to crumbling and rotting. Its inherent process of organic decay is a kind of built-in destruction. It’s built to spill. Built to come down, like everything that goes up.
A matter to think very carefully about when visiting the exhibition.