Born in Texas, Vernon Fisher began making art on a professional basis in the 1970s. Influenced by Los Angeles artists Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, and William Wegman, his attraction to mixed-media installations that combine written text, photography, and found objects links him to conceptual art. His works are visual narratives, using slang and colloquial language, that explore the nature of storytelling. Drawing his subjects from everyday observations and childhood experiences, his stories are ambiguous in meaning. Seeing the symbols and signs of society as culturally constructed, with underlying political and economic implications, Fisher questions any notion of an objective reality.
More Works by Vernon Fisher in the MMoCA Collection
Goldwater, Marge. Past/imperfect: Eric Fischl, Vernon Fisher, Laurie Simmons. Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, 1987.
Hickey, Dave and Madeleine Grynsztejn. Vernon Fisher. San Diego: La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, 1989.
Vernon Fisher, Baseball Cap, 1978, photograph, 2 panels each 22 5/8 x 20 inches. Collection of Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Purchase, through National Endowment for the Arts grant with matching funds from Mr. and Mrs. Walter Frautschi and Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wolman. 81.0.26 © Vernon Fisher, Courtesy Charles Cowles Gallery, New York.
Vernon Fisher. Photograph by J R Compton. Courtesy DallasArtsRevue.com.