Looking at Erwin Wurm’s Fat Cars will make you laugh

Erwin Wurm - Fat Convertible, 2005
Erwin WurmFat Car Convertible (Porsche) , 2005, mixed media 130 x 469 x 239 cm

Who is Erwin Wurm

Erwin Wurm, one of Austria’s most important and internationally famous sculptors, has been preoccupied with expanding the concept of sculpture since the 1980s. Wurm is primarily a sculptor, and traditional sculptural concerns such as the relationship between object and pedestal, the function of gravity, the fixing of form, and the manipulation of volume, play through all his work.

‘How to gain weight’

Increasing, remodeling or removing volume, the habitual interests of many sculptors, are given a new twist in Wurm’s work. Volume and adding volume are treated as sociocritical issues. In 1993, Erwin Wurm wrote an instructional book on how to gain two clothing sizes in eight days.

The first Fat Car

Eight years later, he made his first Fat Car by plumping up an existing car with styrofoam and fiberglass, which resulted in a pitiful, chubby version of the original sportsy model. By taking the question of obesity, Wurm probes the link between power, wealth and body weight. He also wants to offer sharp criticism of our current value system, as the advertising world demands us to stay thin but to consume more and more.

Photos

Erwin Wurm - Fat House, 2003
Erwin Wurm – Fat House with Fat Car, 2003
Photo: Towada Art Center/towadaartcenter.com

Erwin Wurm – Fat Car Convertible (Porsche) , 2005, mixed media 130 x 469 x 239 cm
Erwin WurmFat Car Convertible (Porsche) , 2005, mixed media 130 x 469 x 239 cm, Xavier Hufkens Gallery

Erwin Wurm – Fat Car Convertible (Porsche) , 2005, mixed media 130 x 469 x 239 cm
Erwin WurmFat Car Convertible (Porsche) , 2005, mixed media 130 x 469 x 239 cm, Xavier Hufkens Gallery

Erwin Wurm – Fat Car Convertible (Porsche) , 2005, mixed media 130 x 469 x 239 cm
Detail of Erwin WurmFat Car Convertible (Porsche) , 2005, mixed media 130 x 469 x 239 cm

Erwin Wurm - Curry Bus, 2015
Erwin WurmCurry Bus, 2015, VW T2b, mixed media, 220x250x550cm
Photo: Marek Kruszewski/haz.de

Erwin Wurm - Curry Bus, 2015
Erwin WurmCurry Bus, 2015, VW T2b, mixed media, 220x250x550cm
Photo: Marek Kruszewski/haz.de

Erwin Wurm - Fat Car
Erwin Wurm – Fat Car

Erwin Wurm - Fat Bus, 2016
Erwin WurmFat Bus, 2016

Erwin Wurm - Fat car, 2002
Erwin WurmFat car, 2000

Erwin Wurm - Fat Car, 2001, metallic paint, styrofoam and polyester, 58 x 110 x 65cm
Erwin Wurm – Fat Car, 2001, metallic paint, styrofoam and polyester, 58 x 110 x 65cm

Erwin Wurm - Fat Car, 2001-2004, metallic paint, styrofoam and polyester, 111 x 65 x 33cm
Erwin Wurm – Fat Car, 2001-2004, metallic paint, styrofoam and polyester, 111 x 65 x 33cm

Erwin Wurm - Fat car convertible, 2005, polyester, 105 x 63 x 31 cm
Erwin Wurm – Fat car convertible, 2005, polyester, 105 x 63 x 31 cm

Erwin Wurm - Fat car convertible, 2005, polyester, 105 x 63 x 31 cm
Erwin Wurm – Fat car convertible, 2005, polyester, 105 x 63 x 31 cm
Photo: artissimivienna/instagram

Erwin Wurm - Fat Car, 2001
Erwin WurmFat car, 2001

Erwin Wurm - Fat Car, 2001, metallic paint, styrofoam and polyester, 27.9 x 99 x 55.8 cm
Erwin Wurm – Fat Car, 2001, metallic paint on polystyrene and polyester paint, 27.9 x 99 x 55.8 cm

Erwin Wurm - Fat Car, 2001, metallic paint on polystyrene and polyester paint, 34.2 x 55.8 x 106.6 cm
Erwin Wurm – Fat Car, 2001, metallic paint on polystyrene and polyester paint, 34.2 x 55.8 x 106.6 cm

All images Studio Erwin Wurm/erwinwurm.at & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn unless otherwise noted.

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