Kurt Schwitters, Merzbau, 2011

Dan Fischer creates meticulous drawings of iconic images of artists and their work. Working from photocopied images taken from art catalogues and magazines, Fischer’s drawings are hyper realistic. Influenced by Andy Warhol and the history of appropriation and reproduction, Fischer creates a 1:1 ratio between the photocopied source and the drawn image through the use of a grid. While the finished result looks like a photograph from a distance, upon closer inspection, exposed grid lines and the powdery graphite surface reveal the mechanics of their making.

Kurt Schwitters, Merzbau depicts the German artist’s studio that over the years developed into an abstract walk-in collage consisting of grottoes, columns and found objects. Considered Schwitters most important work, Merzbau was destroyed during the British air raid in Hanover in 1943.