At the Scope art fair in Basel this year, Admir Jahic and Comenius Roethlisberger presented their most recent work “The Flying Saucers or In God We Trust.” As always, the duo’s work is very conceptual and beautifully executed. Last year’s work at Scope Miami, “For Big Mistakes: Erased Princess Diana Drawings,” was a little gem. This most recent one, apart from its conceptual basis, just looks really cool. I mean who doesn’t want to see flying objects, right?
The piece is an installation of various wooden pedestals and shelves where atop books and newspapers, a small plate floats above, flying and turning in beautiful simplicity. The artists worked together during a couple of months with the University of Rotterdam to execute the piece using magnets. But besides this technique, what seems important for the artists is the image created, one that is rather unreal. You can see the flying saucers in all their glory in Vernissage TV.
Comenius Roethlisberger and Admir Jahic have been invited numerous times by SCOPE to its New York and Miami fairs. They have exhibited their work internationally in France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Germany, including the Brot Und Spiele gallery in Berlin, Luis Adelantado Gallery in Valencia, as well as the Contemporary Art Museum in Madrid and the Kunsthalle in Prague and the Kunsthalle in Mulhouse. They are the recipients of the PhotoSpain 2004 Newcomer of the Year Award.
Images provided by the artists