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Peter Fischli and David Weiss
The Way Things Go

June 26 – September 18, 2014
7:00 PM until the park closes
High Line Channel 14, 14th Street Passage, on the High Line at West 14th Street

Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss have been known throughout their prodigious careers for their sculpture, photography, and videos that present common objects and quotidian scenes in inventive and surprising ways. Disregarding distinctions between high and low art, Fischli and Weiss’s work never fails to surprise the viewer with its arrestingly flat, straightforward humor and the simplicity of their gestures. The two artists worked together for over 30 years, pursuing a defiantly unhurried and unassuming body of work that resists superlative or boastful claims.

High Line Art presents Fischli and Weiss’s iconic 1987 video The Way Things Go, a work that, in the almost 30 years since its making, has been one of the most frequently screened works of video art seen in museums around the world. For a full half hour, the video follows a series of Rube Goldberg-esque objects and constructions as they activate one another in a painstaking, yet mesmerizing, sequence of quixotic events, which range from rolling tires, to flaming puddles of slowly leaking liquid, to balloons bursting with foaming soap. The captivating DIY experiment staged in their Zürich studio highlights the artists’ wholly analog enterprise, one unaided by digital technologies of any kind.

Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Der Lauf der Dinge (The Way Things Go), 1987. DVD, 30 minutes. © Peter Fischli and the Estate of David Weiss. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.

Peter Fischli and David Weiss

Peter Fischli (b. 1952, Switzerland) and David Weiss (1946 – 2012, Switzerland) have collaborated since 1979. Recent solo exhibitions include Serpentine Gallery, London (2013); Kunsthalle Budapest, Budapest (2012); Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee (2012); and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Palacio de Cristal, Madrid (2009). Major biennials include the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); the 14th International Architecture Biennale, Venice (2012); the Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2010); Biennale of Sydney (2008); 50th Venice Biennale (2003); Documenta 10, Kassel, Germany (1997); and Documenta 8, Kassel, Germany (1987). In 1995, Fischli and Weiss represented Switzerland at the 46th Venice Biennale.

Support

High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, with additional support from David Zwirner Gallery, and Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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