Category: Erwin Wurm

Erwin Wurm | Sculptural Transformers

Austrian sculptor Erwin Wurm first gained notoriety with his ‘One-Minute Sculptures’, the first of which appeared in the late 1990’s; social-sculptures which depended on the participation of museum-goers to do absurd acts for a minute and take a picture of it. These call into question whether human beings can be considered a work of art at all or whether its just a publicity stunt, a fraud even.

Air out pants, hands high (2014)
Air out pants, hands high (2014)
Throw Yourself Away (2014)
Throw Yourself Away (2014)

Many of these acts call into question the reality of what we see and the role of clothing as a sign and facilitator of this illusionary environment.

Fat Man (1999) Erwin Wurm
Fat Man (1999) Erwin Wurm

In Fat Man (1999), Untitled (Hamlet) (2007) and Anger Bump (2007) we see how we have been conditioned to equate protrusions on certain areas of clothing with certain sexual connotations, while in reality they have just been propped up by a bottle of liquid detergent.

Untitled (Hamlet) (2007) Erwin Wurm
Untitled (Hamlet) (2007) Erwin Wurm
Anger Bump (2007) Erwin Wurm
Anger Bump (2007) Erwin Wurm

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