This weekend Ami and I got to check out You, Urs Fischer's installation at Gavin Brown's Enterprise. (Click images for detail.) The piece is an eight-foot deep crater measuring about 38×30 feet dug within the pristine white walls of the gallery.
According to New York Magazine the pit took a ten days to build and cost about $250,000 using a jackhammer to remove the concrete floor and a backhoe to excavate tons of debris.
Literally breaking down the traditional art show and gallery as commercial space, Fischer also references the rich history of land artists before him, including Walter de Maria's famous Earth Room which is housed just 10 blocks away.
After ducking through a small door, visitors find themselves walking over an uneven mix of dirt and concrete debris down a short hallway (pictured after the jump) to the large gallery.
Within the pit itself or teetering around the perimeter, we felt mischievously giddy, like teenagers hopping a fence. While joking about how the installation was "profound, edgy and gritty," we were impressed by the experience of scale, our dirty shoes and the rare glimpse under the layers of a New York gallery's aesthetic order.
Photos by Keren Richter