Rob Fischer, Omi Pond House
Inspired by the artist's visits to Art Omi, Rob Fischer's Omi Pond House is a site-specific sculptural installation created in response to the distinct environment of the pond that activates the aquatic space at Art Omi for the first time.
The surrounding landscape is paramount to Fischer's work. This unique location (quite literally on Art Omi's pond) requires the viewer to enter the structure by stepping onto a ramp that extends over the pond, and then into the work. The aesthetic principles in Fischer's modular structure are brilliantly transposed using screen-printed window panels, creating a complex spectrum of colors and arrangements.
This "building" does not provide privacy, practicality or purpose upon close inspection, but rather exists as a stunning and joyous sculpture intertwined with architectural concepts, located in a remarkable setting.
Rob Fischer was born in Minneapolis and now lives and works in Brooklyn. He has had solo exhibitions at Derek Eller Gallery, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York; 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. He received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1993.