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.