My sculptural work is comprised of tool-like objects of unknown utility. Each object is made up of materials traditionally used both in Art and Craft contexts, and are reminiscent of hand tools, but whose purpose is obscured, or even unknowable. By displaying them on Shaker-inspired peg rails, inherently utilitarian fixtures and non-sequiturs in a gallery context, each installation blurs the line between the functional and non-functional. These objects aim to problematize how hand tools, and by implication the handiwork skills they require, are appraised in today’s society.
Aron Fischer & John Cummins: Conversed
Conversed began as a six-month-long public conversation in sculpted and poetic form. One artist’s work responded to the other’s until a progressive blurring occurred – between the palpable and the metaphoric, the shared and the singular. Using text, wood, ceramics, found objects and textiles, the work increasingly concerns itself with the economy of meaningful exchange – as a producer of wasteless ephemera and better tools for discernment.
Aron Fischer received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Missouri - St. Louis, and his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Missouri - Columbia. In between his BFA and MFA, he was a Senior Display Coordinator for Anthropologie. He and his Husband, John Steven Cummins, opened the second run of their project “Conversed” at Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri in January, 2014. Aron has been awarded residencies in Columbia, MO, Deer Isle, ME at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and was awarded an artist fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center for April 2015. He has shown in New York, Boston, New Orleans, Chicago St. Louis and L.A.
Aron is living and working in Columbia, MO with his Husband, John Cummins, and their two dogs, Toby and Jack.