Erwin Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures

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After Franz West we follow up with another well-known Austrian artist, Erwin Wurm. Since the late 1990s he is working on his on-going One Minute Sculpture series in which he or others pose with everyday objects, often within an art space.

The One Minute Sculptures redefine the concept of sculpture into one of dynamic act rather than static object. Wurm’s sculptures are wrought from the human body, choreographed into absurd, witty and often perilous, relationships with objects of everyday life – a man lying squeezed under a Barcelona chair, a banana peeping out of a man’s trousers, a man balancing two bottles of detergent on his toes, or two men balancing brief cases between their knees and chests. One Minute Sculptures can happen anywhere, anytime: on a street, at home, in a hotel. Riven with a sense of imminent failure, each sculpture exists for barely a minute, before gravity triumphs, everything collapses, and the only thing to remain is a video or, in this case, a photograph.

A One Minute Sculpture could be called a sculptural variant of situation comedy because they unleash a similar effect: usually funny, often embarrassing, occasionally flowing with pathos.

In his book The Artist Who Swallowed the World (Hatje Cantz) Wurm said: I am interested in the everyday life. All the materials that surrounded me could be useful, as well as the objects, topics involved in contemporary society. My work speaks about the whole entity of a human being: the physical, the spiritual, the psychological and the political.

Wurm is also credited for inspiring the video Can’t Stop of Red Hot Chili Peppers which got +32.000.000 views on YouTube..

Erwin Wurm - One Minute Sculpture - The artist begging for mercy, 2002
Erwin WurmOne Minute SculptureThe artist begging for mercy, 2002

Erwin Wurm - One Minute Sculpture, 1997
Erwin WurmOne Minute Sculpture, 1997

Erwin Wurm - One Minute Sculpture - The Idiot III
Erwin WurmThe Idiot III (One Minute Sculpture), 2010
(VG BILD-KUNST Bonn, 2016, courtesy: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Paris, Foto: Studio Erwin Wurm)

Erwin Wurm - One Minute Sculpture
Erwin WurmOne Minute Sculpture

Erwin Wurm - One Minute Sculpture - Freud's ass, 2004
Erwin WurmOne Minute SculptureFreud’s ass, 2004

 Erwin Wurm - Outdoor Sculpture, Taipei, 2000
Erwin WurmOutdoor Sculpture, Taipei, 2000

Erwin Wurm - One Minute Sculpture, Instructions on how to be politically incorrect, Inspection, 2002
Erwin WurmOne Minute Sculpture, Instructions on how to be politically incorrect, Inspection, 2002, C-print, 126x184cm
Photo- Erwin Wurm / © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Erwin Wurm - One Minute Sculpture
Erwin WurmOne Minute Sculpture

Erwin Wurm - Outdoor Sculpture Appenzell 1998
Erwin WurmOutdoor Sculpture Appenzell, 1998, C-Print/Aluminium, 120×80cm
Photo- Universalmuseum Joanneum © VBK, Vienna, 2010

Erwin Wurm - Hauptquartier, 2015
Erwin WurmHauptquartier, 2015, Mixed Media, fünf One Minute Sculptures, 302x418x246cm
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 Foto- Marek Kruszewski Bildquelle- Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

Erwin Wurm- One Minute Sculptures, 1997
Erwin WurmOne Minute Sculpture, 1997
Courtesy- Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; FRAC Limousin, Limoges, © Studio Wurm/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014

Erwin Wurm - One Minute Sculpture, Throw Yourself Away, 2014
Erwin WurmThrow Yourself Away, One Minute Sculpture, 2014

Erwin Wurm - One Minute Sculpture
Erwin WurmOne Minute Sculpture, 1997

Erwin Wurm - One Minute Sculpture
Erwin WurmOne Minute Sculpture

Erwin Wurm - One Minute Sculpture
Erwin WurmOne Minute Sculpture

Erwin Wurm - One Minute Sculpture
Erwin WurmOne Minute Sculpture, 1997

Erwin Wurm - One Minute Sculpture, 1997
Erwin WurmOne Minute Sculpture, 1997

Erwin Wurm - One Minute Sculpture, 1997
Erwin WurmOne Minute Sculpture, 1997, c-print, 45x30cm
Courtesy Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Studio Wurm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2014

Erwin Wurm - One Minute Sculpture, The bank manager in front of his bank, 1999
Erwin WurmOne Minute Sculpture, The bank manager in front of his bank, 1999

 

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