BUTTON SEAT

FRED FISHER, BUTTON SEAT, 2006

MDF, ACRYLIC PAINT
400(H) x 760 (Ø) mm

THE WORK

The Button seat is one in a series of sculptural pieces of layered planar shapes. The series developed from Fisher’s interested in how the eye operates and it’s relation to the brain. The playful series challenges visual perception through colour, form and layers. The work references twentieth-century artists Miro and Kandinsky.

“I am interested in the process of sculpture; how it is made. I am also interested in the transmission of ideas and the development of rules, protocols and language within visual art practice.”

THE DESIGNER

Fisher worked as a sculptor and had experience in industry as a toolmaker and production designer. He travelled extensively throughout his career, spending much time touring between the United Kingdom and India. His work shows attention to detail, simplicity of design and an interest in the use and techniques of timber veneers. Fisher enjoyed a successful career, exhibiting regularly and teaching sculpture and design at the University of Tasmania’s School of Art. He was awarded the Mount Nelson Prize for Art in 1988 and received a Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarship in 1990.

Born: 1945 Orange, New South Wales

Training: Fitting and Turning (Toolmaking) apprenticeship, Email Ltd (Orange), 1966; Certificate in Plastics Fundamentals, RMIT; Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture), University of Tasmania, 1988, Master of Fine Art (Sculpture), University of Tasmania, 1990, PhD (Art) University of Tasmania, 2006

Represented: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Collection of Gordon and Marilyn Darling, Melbourne