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Fischli & Weiss

Rubber Sculptures

September 9 - October 18, 2008

Upper East Side

Fischli & Weiss, <i>Record</i>, 1988
 black rubber
11.81 x 11.81 inches, (30 x 30 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, Record, 1988
black rubber
11.81 x 11.81 inches, (30 x 30 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, <i>Divider</i>, 1987
black rubber
2 x 13 3/8 x 10 inches, (5.1 x 34 x 25.4 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, Divider, 1987
black rubber
2 x 13 3/8 x 10 inches, (5.1 x 34 x 25.4 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, <i>Dog Dish (Napf)</i>, 1987
black rubber
3.15 x 10.83 x 3.15 inches  (8 x 27.5 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, Dog Dish (Napf), 1987
black rubber
3.15 x 10.83 x 3.15 inches (8 x 27.5 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, <i>Cactus</i>, 1987
black rubber
16 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches (41.9 x 16.5 x 16.5 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, Cactus, 1987
black rubber
16 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches (41.9 x 16.5 x 16.5 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, <i>Cabinet</i>, 1987
black rubber
21 1/2 x 15 3/8 x 25 1/4  inches (54.6 x 39.1 x 64.1  cm)
Fischli & Weiss, Cabinet, 1987
black rubber
21 1/2 x 15 3/8 x 25 1/4 inches (54.6 x 39.1 x 64.1 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, <i>Men's Items</i>, 1987
black rubber
12.8 x 6.1 x 5.91 inches (32.5 x 15.5 x 15 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, Men's Items, 1987
black rubber
12.8 x 6.1 x 5.91 inches (32.5 x 15.5 x 15 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, <i>Moroccan Cushion</i>, 1987
black rubber
12.6 H x 20.47 D inches (32 H x 52 cm D cm)
Fischli & Weiss, Moroccan Cushion, 1987
black rubber
12.6 H x 20.47 D inches (32 H x 52 cm D cm)
Fischli & Weiss, <i>Stool</i>, 1987
black rubber
12.6 x 22.83 x 22.83 inches (32 x 58 x 58 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, Stool, 1987
black rubber
12.6 x 22.83 x 22.83 inches (32 x 58 x 58 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, <i>Steps</i>, 1987
black rubber
13.75 x 34 x 20.5 inches (34.9 x 86.4 x 52.1 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, Steps, 1987
black rubber
13.75 x 34 x 20.5 inches (34.9 x 86.4 x 52.1 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, <i>Vase</i>, 1986-87
black rubber
15 x 6 inches (38.1 x 15.2 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, Vase, 1986-87
black rubber
15 x 6 inches (38.1 x 15.2 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, <i>Tree Root</i>, 1987
black rubber
16.93 x 14.57 inches (43 x 37 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, Tree Root, 1987
black rubber
16.93 x 14.57 inches (43 x 37 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, <i>Haus</i>, 1986/87
black rubber
4.53 x 28.35 x 20.08 inches (11.5 x 72 x 51 cm)
Fischli & Weiss, Haus, 1986/87
black rubber
4.53 x 28.35 x 20.08 inches (11.5 x 72 x 51 cm)

Press Release

Skarstedt Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Rubber Sculptures by Peter Fischli and David Weiss. This show will include twelve of nineteen sculptures produced by the artists from 1986 – 1988, and will be the largest survey of the Rubber Sculpture series to be exhibited in New York.

Fischli & Weiss are artists perpetually searching for new meaning in the mundane by exploring the conditions of the physical world through writing, film, photography, installation art and sculpture. This exhibition of Rubber Sculptures, a series they completed early in their careers, charts their exploration of banality in everyday objects. The scope of objects used in this series renders a sense of humor and wit consistently achieved by the duo through the dialogue they create amongst dichotomies like order and chaos, ordinary and sublime and work and play.

By casting ordinary objects, such as a desk drawer Divider (1987), a Vase (1986/87) and a Dog Dish (1987) in a heavyweight black rubber, anonymity is maintained, yet the objects no longer posses the same recognizable utility. The black rubber, a nod to mass production, industrial development, and even S&M and fetishism, turns these objects into something worth pondering. In an article written for Parkett #17 in 1988 Karen Marta suggests, “The heavy raw rubber from which they are made and the incongruities of their scale serve to burden each object as it stands alone with the weight of our dreams.”

Both born in Zurich, Peter Fischli (1952) and David Weiss (1946), met in 1977 and began their artistic collaboration shortly thereafter, in 1979. Their artwork has been the subject of many prominent solo exhibitions around the world including recent retrospectives at the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2008), Kunsthaus, Zurich (2007) and Tate Modern, London (2006). In 2003, they were granted the honor to represent Switzerland at the Venice Biennale for the third time since 1988.

For further information please contact Valerie Marquez at valerie@skarstedt.com.