Anthony Fisher’s deeply incised lines embody energies and frequencies painstakingly tuned to evoke internal states. His new work expresses a profound recent interest in the use of extensions of his body to make drawings and videos. This recent work has been forged by an ongoing personal journey of being unable to walk without pain.
Fisher’s process involves the invention of tools and “machines” that he operates to create marks. These herculean efforts are recorded in videos that bear witness to the elaborate, cumbersome process of his drawing. The turbulence of the marks communicates aspects of an internal state, especially longings to recapture joy in freedom of movement. He is persistently interested in how his images can be made.
First inspired by Leonardo’s beautiful roiling, squally drawings of deluges and tempests, Fisher summons similar energies employing his body and drawing tool inventions.