Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
October 10–November 10, 2012
London

Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers are pleased to present new works by Peter Fischli and David Weiss in London. The solo exhibition consists of sculptures created between 2010 and 2012 and are connected to the group of works in unfired clay which the artists displayed at the 54th Venice Biennial in 2011.

In the current exhibition, Fischli and Weiss continue their ongoing observations of the unspectacular, everyday world with objects of unfired clay and black rubber. Their oeuvre consists of sculptures, photographs, films and videos, materials they have been working with since the early 1980s. For example, in the Rubber Sculptures (since 1986), the artists create true-to-life, rubber casts of natural objects and typical items of everyday use, while in the series Plötzlich diese Übersicht ('Suddenly This Overview,' 1981) they imaginatively re-enact a revised history of humanity through several hundred sculptures of unfired clay.

In Walls, Corners, Tubes, the artists present a series of objects with geometrical bodies which have the form of walls, corners, and tubes and are made alternately of black rubber and unfired clay. Both the shapes of the objects and their titles such as Wand aus Ton ('Wall of Clay,' 2012) or Röhre aus Gummi ('Tube of Rubber,' 2012) recall functional elements, such as those often found at building supplies stores. Placed on high, white pedestals, the sculptures appear in various scales which distance them from their origin in the observed forms of reality. On the one hand, their dimensions are oriented towards the human body, so that they automatically relate to it like tools or items for everyday use. On the other hand, they become sculptures which, on a reduced scale, demonstrate an affinity to the objecthood of the Minimal Art of the 1960s.

 

Read more


With black rubber and unfired clay, the objects are made out of two materials which, through the processes of casting and modelling, achieve a transition from formless material into clearly outlined shapes. In realizing these shapes as precisely as possible, the artists explore the physical characteristics of the materials. The interaction of the artists with the materials is brought to light along with their fascination with the difficulty of imparting an exact form to them. In addition, the sculptures focus on the visually and tactilely perceptible contrast between the two different materials. With its synthetic materiality, the black rubber imbues the objects with an opaque, light-reflecting texture which ennobles them and transfers them into the domain of fetishistic commodities of mass industry. In contrast, the raw, unfired, mineral material of clay emphasizes the processual nature of the act of shaping and evokes a delicate, changeable consistency. The working with clay, one of the primary gestures of artists who use their hands and a typical characteristic of amateur culture, stands in contrast to the precise execution of the technique of casting in rubber. Inasmuch as the almost identical forms are created out of the two contrasting materials, there is an evocation of the differences between culture and nature, rapid technical production and slow meticulous craftsmanship, resistance and evanescence.

In the exhibition space, the sculptures are assembled upon the pedestals into a museum-like arrangement which is reminiscent of an ethnographic archive. The walls, corners, and tubes are exhibited as archetypal fragments and artefacts, even though the simplicity of the forms and the laconically formulated titles such as Kurze Ecke aus Gummi ('Narrow Corner of Rubber') or Kleine Röhre aus Ton mit Loch ('Small Tube of Clay with Hole') contrast with the serious atmosphere of the presentation. Oscillating between scientific objectivity and tricky reproduction, the staging, as if in the cabinet of a museum, tells of another experience of the world whose various aspects are isolated, rearranged, and ultimately displayed in a reinterpretation of reality. The configuration likewise includes two objects of unfired clay that make reference to forms of reality which can be specifically designated; Hundenapf ('Dog Bowl,' 2012) and Waldboden ('Forest Floor,' 2011). The dog bowl is an everyday object which the artists already replicated in 1986-87 in the series of the Rubber Sculptures, and which in 2012 was produced for the first time in unfired clay. The cylindrical shape of the dog bowl approaches the geometrical shape of the other objects, but clearly demonstrates its affiliation with the domain of everyday life. Together with the abstract objects, the two objects subtly usher the entire group back into a domestic framework which is familiar to us.

 

Installation Views
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 10–November 10, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 10–November 10, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 10–November 10, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 10–November 10, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 10–November 10, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 10–November 10, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 10–November 10, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 10–November 10, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 10–November 10, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 10–November 10, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 10–November 10, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 10–November 10, 2012

Details
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 10–November 10, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 10–November 10, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 10–November 10, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 10–November 10, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 10–November 10, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Walls, Corners, Tubes
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, London, October 10–November 10, 2012

Details
icon_fullscreen
1 of 6
Exhibited Works
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Röhre aus Gummi, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Röhre aus Gummi, 2012
Rubber
33 × 33 × 37.5 cm
Plinth: 35 × 47 × 80 cm
12 5/8 × 12 5/8 × 14 5/8 inches
Plinth: 13 7/8 × 18 1/2 × 31 1/2 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Kurze Ecke aus Gummi, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Kurze Ecke aus Gummi, 2012
Rubber
Sculpture: 36 × 24.5 × 25 cm
14 1/8 × 9 5/8 × 9 7/8 inches
Plinth: 33 × 33 × 80 cm
13 × 13 × 31 1/2 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Corner, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Corner, 2012
Black rubber cast
Sculpture: 55 × 24.5 × 25 cm
21 5/8 × 9 5/8 × 9 7/8 inches
Plinth: 33 × 33 × 80 cm
13 × 13 × 31 1/2 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Wand aus Gummi, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Wand aus Gummi, 2012
Rubber
Sculpture: 52 × 68 × 14.5 cm
20 1/2 × 26 3/4 × 5 3/4 inches
Plinth: 78,5 × 25 × 30, 5 cm
31 × 9 7/8 × 12 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Kurze Wand aus Gummi, 2011/2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Kurze Wand aus Gummi, 2011/2012
Rubber
Sculpture: 43.5 × 67 × 14.5 cm
17 1/8 × 26 3/8 × 5 3/4 inches
Plinth: 78,5 × 25 × 30,5 cm
31 × 9 7/8 × 12 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Grosse Röhre aus Gummi, liegend, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Grosse Röhre aus Gummi, liegend, 2012
Rubber
Sculpture: 71 × 71 × 60 cm
28 × 28 × 23 5/8 inches
Plinth: 76 × 68 × 30,5 cm
30 × 26 3/4 × 12 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Grosse Röhre aus Ton, stehend, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Grosse Röhre aus Ton, stehend, 2012
Unfired clay
Sculpture: 91 × 70 × 70 cm
35 7/8 × 27 5/8 × 27 5/8 inches
Plinth: 20 × 80 × 80 cm
7 7/8 × 31 1/2 × 31 1/2 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Kleine Röhre aus Ton mit Loch, stehend, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Kleine Röhre aus Ton mit Loch, stehend, 2012
Unfired clay
Sculpture: 37 × 28 × 28 cm
14 5/8 × 11 × 11 inches
Plinth: 35 × 35 × 80 cm
13 7/8 × 13 7/8 × 31 1/2 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Dünnwandige Röhre aus Ton, liegend, 2011/2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Dünnwandige Röhre aus Ton, liegend, 2011/2012
Unfired clay
Sculpture: 33 × 33 × 37 cm
13 × 13 × 14 5/8 inches
Plinth: 35 × 45 × 80 cm
13 7/8 × 17 3/4 × 31 1/2 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Dog Dish, 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Dog Dish, 2012
Unfired clay
Sculpture: 8 × 23.5 × 23.5 cm
3 1/8 × 9 1/4 × 9 1/4 inches
Plinth: 35 × 35 × 85 cm
13 7/8 × 13 7/8 × 31 1/2 inches

Details
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Röhre aus Gummi, 2012
Rubber
33 × 33 × 37.5 cm
Plinth: 35 × 47 × 80 cm
12 5/8 × 12 5/8 × 14 5/8 inches
Plinth: 13 7/8 × 18 1/2 × 31 1/2 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Röhre aus Gummi, 2012
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Kurze Ecke aus Gummi, 2012
Rubber
Sculpture: 36 × 24.5 × 25 cm
14 1/8 × 9 5/8 × 9 7/8 inches
Plinth: 33 × 33 × 80 cm
13 × 13 × 31 1/2 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Kurze Ecke aus Gummi, 2012
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Corner, 2012
Black rubber cast
Sculpture: 55 × 24.5 × 25 cm
21 5/8 × 9 5/8 × 9 7/8 inches
Plinth: 33 × 33 × 80 cm
13 × 13 × 31 1/2 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Corner, 2012
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Wand aus Gummi, 2012
Rubber
Sculpture: 52 × 68 × 14.5 cm
20 1/2 × 26 3/4 × 5 3/4 inches
Plinth: 78,5 × 25 × 30, 5 cm
31 × 9 7/8 × 12 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Wand aus Gummi, 2012
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Kurze Wand aus Gummi, 2011/2012
Rubber
Sculpture: 43.5 × 67 × 14.5 cm
17 1/8 × 26 3/8 × 5 3/4 inches
Plinth: 78,5 × 25 × 30,5 cm
31 × 9 7/8 × 12 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Kurze Wand aus Gummi, 2011/2012
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Grosse Röhre aus Gummi, liegend, 2012
Rubber
Sculpture: 71 × 71 × 60 cm
28 × 28 × 23 5/8 inches
Plinth: 76 × 68 × 30,5 cm
30 × 26 3/4 × 12 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Grosse Röhre aus Gummi, liegend, 2012
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Grosse Röhre aus Ton, stehend, 2012
Unfired clay
Sculpture: 91 × 70 × 70 cm
35 7/8 × 27 5/8 × 27 5/8 inches
Plinth: 20 × 80 × 80 cm
7 7/8 × 31 1/2 × 31 1/2 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Grosse Röhre aus Ton, stehend, 2012
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Kleine Röhre aus Ton mit Loch, stehend, 2012
Unfired clay
Sculpture: 37 × 28 × 28 cm
14 5/8 × 11 × 11 inches
Plinth: 35 × 35 × 80 cm
13 7/8 × 13 7/8 × 31 1/2 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Kleine Röhre aus Ton mit Loch, stehend, 2012
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Dünnwandige Röhre aus Ton, liegend, 2011/2012
Unfired clay
Sculpture: 33 × 33 × 37 cm
13 × 13 × 14 5/8 inches
Plinth: 35 × 45 × 80 cm
13 7/8 × 17 3/4 × 31 1/2 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Dünnwandige Röhre aus Ton, liegend, 2011/2012
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Walls, Corners, Tubes – London

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Dog Dish, 2012
Unfired clay
Sculpture: 8 × 23.5 × 23.5 cm
3 1/8 × 9 1/4 × 9 1/4 inches
Plinth: 35 × 35 × 85 cm
13 7/8 × 13 7/8 × 31 1/2 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Dog Dish, 2012
Details
icon_fullscreen
1 of 10

 

Selected Press

50 shades of black
The Telegraph online, article by Jack Castle, October 26, 2012