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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    retrospective of art work of team of imaginative Swiss artists

    Fischli and Weiss are Swiss artists who have been working as a team since the late 1970s in the fields of sculpture, video, and photography. Over this time, their works have been unpredictable--and not only because they work in the different fields. Their subjects, style, and effects have been unpredictable. The team has a fertile imagination which can result in photographs that are straightforward shots of airplanes at arrivals or take-off areas to sculptures with biological forms to constructions with unexpectedly mixed familiar objects (e. g., wheels, bottles, plastic containers). 'Fashion Show' from the artists' 'Fashion Series' is a work of delightful comedy with dressed up sausages, as it were at the other extreme, 'Skull' is an unforgettable macabre piece, even with its somewhat psychedelic colors. Each work is unique yet many would not necessarily be identifiable as a Fischli-Weiss work were it not credited to them in a book or exhibition. The two can let ideas run away on their own, so to speak and oftentimes, they are simply having too much fun or become too absorbed in doing a work for any trace of self-consciousness. Despite the apparently boundless extent of ideas, materials, techniques, and effects, there is in the works as a whole the notion of the incomprehensible diversity and the undeniable presence of things in contemporary life. The physical, sometimes with its offshoot of the sensual, preoccupies not only the cultural space, but also the psyche. By skilled formatting, including color photographs of changing sizes and irregular placement following no timeline, this art book conveys the diverse sources and open-ended play and concept of the art work of more than two decades of the pair of Swiss artists. Along with the three essays by leading art critics is also an interview with Fischli and Weiss.

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