Peter Fischli, David Weiss Sewer Workers

Peter Fischli, David Weiss
Sewer Workers
Cast rubber 
265 x 475 x 190 mm
Courtesy the artists

Peter Fischli, David Weiss Untitled (Small Root)

Peter Fischli, David Weiss
Untitled (Small Root)
Cast rubber 465 x 570 x 180 mm
Kunsthaus Zürich

Peter Fischli, David Weiss Settlements, Agglomeration

Peter Fischli, David Weiss
Settlements, Agglomeration
Photographs
Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York & Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich & Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, Cologne/Munich/London

Peter Fischli, David Weiss Settlements, Agglomeration

Peter Fischli, David Weiss
Settlements, Agglomeration
Photographs
Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York & Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich & Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, Cologne/Munich/London

Providing an introduction to Fischli / Weiss’s surprising universe is a selection of black rubber sculptures, cast directly from the original objects. The objects themselves reflect the artist’s interest in the everyday, whether the domestic environment or the natural world. The choice of black rubber, however, adds a disconcerting twist, bringing associations of industry, mass production and sexual fetishism, and making the familiar seem strange.

Fischli / Weiss are often concerned with the hidden and the overlooked. Sewer Workers 1987, which shows a pair of maintenance workers cleaning out sewage pipes, could be seen as a self-portrait. Their careful processing of society’s waste suggests a parallel to the artists’ own investigations, which frequently hint that beneath the surface things are not always what they seem.