Peter Fischli, David Weiss Question Pot (Big)

Peter Fischli, David Weiss 
Question Pot (Big) 
Polyurethane, cloth, paint 1340 x 2000 mm diameter
Grässlin Collection, St. Georgen, Germany

Peter Fischli, David Weiss  Bean

Peter Fischli, David Weiss 
Polyurethane, cloth, paint 380 x 1265 x 305 mm
Courtesy Hauser & Wirth Zürich London (this is correct, catalogue credit line is wrong)

Peter Fischli, David Weiss Animal

Peter Fischli, David Weiss 
Polyurethane, cloth, paint 850 x 450 x 500 mm
Courtesy the artistsCourtesy the artists

Peter Fischli, David Weiss  Ear

Peter Fischli, David Weiss 
Polyurethane, cloth, paint 600 x 450 x 350 mm
Courtesy the artists

Peter Fischli, David Weiss  Tube  Röhre

Peter Fischli, David Weiss 
Polyurethane, cloth, paint 400 x 1770 x 700 mm
Courtesy the artists

Tunnels and hollow spaces provide an underlying theme for this room. The hour-long Kanalvideo 1992 was put together by the artists using footage taken by an electric probe as it travels through the Zürich sewer system. Fischli / Weiss have discussed the sense of claustrophobia induced by the probe’s strangely hypnotic journey through an intricate network of tunnels. The film reflects the artists’ fascination with the hidden and the overlooked, and echoes their identification with the rubber Sewer Workers in Room 1

In the large sculpture Question Pot (Big) 1986, the text seems to spiral in a nervous vortex around the interior. Gazing deep into the pot can induce a metaphysical vertigo as intense as the questions themselves.

Like the Question Pot, the large grey sculptures were all hand-carved from polyurethane, a foam-like material which the artists have come to use frequently in their work. The miscellany of subjects includes a bean, the structure of the ear and a piece of tubing – all suggesting an interest in interior spaces. One of the most striking of these works is Animal, which resembles a dog or a hippo without being anything precisely. It could even be a child’s soft toy. The unknown animal is also hollow, allowing the viewer to peep through its orifices to glimpse light coming in from the other side.