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Hammer Projects: Rob Fischer

Nov 27, 2009–Apr 1, 2010 This is a past exhibition

Brooklyn-based artist Rob Fischer salvages material from abandoned buildings and junkyards and reconfigures them into large-scale sculptural environments that weave past histories into the present. For the Hammer's Lobby Wall, Fischer used recycled wooden floorboards from the gymnasium of a derelict school in southern Minnesota to create a labyrinth-like mural that winds around sculptures made of hand-painted and screen-printed signs and panes of glass. Inspired by the American mythology of the road trip, rooted in notions of freedom and self-discovery, as well as the thousands of miles of interstate highways that connect our cities and small towns,the overlapping and intersecting floorboards are like a map of a fantastical roadway. 

This exhibition is organized by Hammer senior curator Anne Ellegood.


Rob Fischer was born in Minneapolis in 1968 and now lives and works in Brooklyn. He received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1993. He has had solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York; Cohan and Leslie, New York; Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles; Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara; Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis; Max Wigram Gallery, London; and Art in General, New York. His work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial; Greater New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York; Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Interval, Sculpture Center, Long Island City; Three Suitcases, Art and Idea, Mexico City; and Sculpture on Site, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. He has received, among other honors, the Bush Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship, Minneapolis; a residency from Art in General, New York, and the Minnesota State Arts Board Visual Arts Fellowship.

Hammer Projects is made possible with major gifts from Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Additional generous support is provided by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, L A Art House Foundation, the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, and the David Teiger Curatorial Travel Fund.

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