New York

R.M. Fischer

Artists

There may be a reason why rational men parade around at parties with lampshades on their heads. If there is, R.M. Fischer is the one who knows the meaning behind this seemingly meaningless act. Fischer’s lamp objects have an eerie feeling of the same transformation reversed—lamps parading as people. Each one in his installation has a personality all its own; the pseudo-fantasy of L.A. Lamp, the demure prettiness of Dinner Lamp, the furtive hunch of Street Lamp.

But personality is only part of the problem Fischer confronts with his humanoid beacons. Served Up takes its title from a four-part photograph of the same name. In it a strange metamorphosis takes place from one image to another. Harshly lit, a man cringes under an interrogation lamp in panel one; lobster dinner with all the trimmings is advertised in panel two; a man lies prone in panel three, arms bandaged and splinted. Panel four

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