Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Untitled, 1995/1996
A work which spells out “reality” in polyurethane
This work by the two artists Fischli and Weiss is hardly distinguishable from reality. Untitled consists of a large number of objects placed apparently quite randomly in the gallery. One notices a bucket, for example, a used tin with paint, brushes and other tools which can come from a studio or can be used in connection with the installation of an exhibition. All the objects exhibited are exact copies of real things, made of hard polyurethane foam and then painted by the two artists.
References to the art history
The work refers to artistic traditions like the 17th century trompe l’oeil (optical illusion) paintings and the 20th century’s ready-mades (mass produced objects where the re-thinking of the object in itself constitutes the work).
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