new-york

Fischerspooner

Deitch Projects

Pop music is Fischerspooner’s prime métier. Their song “Emerge” is a club hit; they have signed with Ministry of Sound, a London record label for a reported £2 million (around $2.9 million); and they are being marketed via the music press. So where’s the art connection?

Perhaps it’s context: Their recent performance was funded by Jeffrey Deitch and mounted in his gallery and—voilà—here’s the review in an art magazine. There is also the issue of pedigree, credentials: Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner met a decade ago at the Art Institute of Chicago. This doesn’t necessarily make them artists (members of bands from the Beatles to Talking Heads to R.E.M. did time in art schools). But it does put things in perspective: Fischerspooner is different from most bands, primarily because their music is secondary to almost everything else they do.

Fischerspooner’s performances here included

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the September 2002 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.