By bringing artists like Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami from gallery exhibits to skateboard decks Supreme uses the lens of street culture to showcase some of the most talented and groundbreaking artists from around the world. Most recently, they teamed up with Urs Fischer, a Swiss artist living in New York, who draws his inspiration from “the anti-art and anti-authoritarian movements of Neo-Dada and Situationist International.” Born out of the specter of the first World War, the anti-art movement is not as the name suggests in opposition to “art” but rather a rejection of the status quo. For an artist like Fischer, who was born in the early ’70s these movements inspire a style that “subverts the typical notion of art.” His installations often incorporate non-permanent materials and every day objects that provide a sense that time has passed. It is a thought provoking use of symbolism that challenges the observer to question what exactly art is and how far one can stretch the definition.
Fischer’s collaboration with Supreme is a three-deck series with a smoked cigarette graphic in different stages of degradation. In his signature fashion the image draws on an inanimate object to convey the passage of time and the transformation that comes with it. For fans of contemporary art and street culture the collaboration offers a rare opportunity to own a piece of fine art on a familiar yet unconventional medium.
The Urs Fischer for Supreme set will be available in limited quantities this Thursday (March 24th) at Supreme’s retail locations in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris and online. Japanese customers will also be able to purchase the collection on March 26th.