Aluminium panel, aramid honeycomb, two-component polyurethane adhesive, two-component epoxy primer, galvanized steel rivet nuts, acrylic primer, gesso, acrylic silkscreen medium, acrylic paint

336.6 x 269.2 x 2.2 cm (132 1/2 x 106 x 7/8 in.)

A face appears under thick paint strokes. Only the eyes and the mouth from a self-portrait photography by Urs Fischer are visible under large swathes of white paint. Almost unrecognizable, the artist can still be identified thanks to the few elements that are not hidden. He seems to have accepted this state of full metamorphosis.

Fischer's interest for an art that is permanently in movement is expressed through installations or pictorial or sculptural works that are meant to change and move. Using often his own image, he creates a series of paintings in which his face disintegrates under layers of paint. Similarly to his Problem Paintings, these images offer a new, subversive version of the self through the shock of different representation systems.

Urs Fischer's painting Oxygen is held in the Pinault Collection. It was first presented in the exhibition Dancing With Myself at the Museum Folkwang in Essen (2016).