Peter Fischli David Weiss


February 6 - March 20, 1999
522 W 22 Street


Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Peter Fischli David Weiss, the next exhibition in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street.

This exhibition, Fischli/Weiss' first at the Matthew Marks Gallery, will consist of three slide shows made up of hundreds of the artists' recent photographs of flowers. Making the ordinary somehow extraordinary, the spectacular effect of these projections, which are shown simultaneously, comes from the fact that each image incorporates two or more photographs superimposed onto one another. As each slide slowly dissolves into the next, a continual merging of colors and shapes acts as a kaleidoscope of nature in progress. A separate installation of over 100 related photographs of flowers will also be included. These works find their origin in the piece Fischli / Weiss made for the Munster Sculpture Project (1997), where they planted a flower and vegetable garden and documented its periodic growth through photographs.

Also included in this exhibition will be a work titled Sichtbare Welt (Visible World), comprising three monitors each displaying an eight hour video made up of the artists' still photographs. The images, taken in arbitrary locations around the world, slowly dissolve one into another and, as is the case with the slide shows, there is no sound track. The effect is mesmerizing. Fischli / Weiss originally made this piece for Documenta X (1997) where it was shown on late night television in Germany every night for three months.

Fischli/Weiss began collaborating in 1979 and have had numerous museum exhibitions throughout Europe. They represented Switzerland in the XLVI Venice Biennale (1995). A retrospective of their work was organized by the Walker Art Center in 1996 and subsequently traveled to museums in San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, and Columbus, although this exhibition will be their first in New York in five years.

Peter Fischli David Weiss remains on view through March 20, 1999 at 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues). Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

For further information or photographs please contact Leslie Cohan at 212-243-0200.

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