Alex Fischer is a Canadian visual artist. His collages, at first glance, appear to take on familiar forms; a portrait, a woman in front of a house. It seems as though upon closer examination the alien landscape will yield something familiar, comforting. It does not.
While certain recognizable forms can be gleaned from these exceptionally rich images (they after all made from different source images); an eyebrow here, a palm tree caught in a storm there. Overall, these recognizable pieces combine to form a sort of visual gobbledygook. Reading these resulting images its completely engrossing.
While Fischer claims links to the conceptual lineage of the future, his images come across as more strongly as fantasy (as all dreams of the future do). However, a certain bleakness in the compositions and the visual disparity between my own visualizations about the future and Fischer’s bring to mind what must have been a disenchanting landings for millions of immigrants who landed in the industrial new world. Like fleeing the shtetl to find greener pastures in Manhattan, Fischer’s images are otherworldly both terrifying and exciting to explore and get lost in.
Article by Jake Watters