Xavier Hufkens

Erwin Wurm

White Bucket (Synthesa), 2013
acrylic, metal, paint, plastic bucket (edition of 3 + 2 AP)
225 × 80 × 67 cm | 88 9/16 × 31 7/16 × 26 3/8 inches
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Erwin Wurm is famous for the One Minute Figures and One Minute Sculptures that he has been making since the late 1980s. In these, he gives instructions to himself, a model or member of the public: the person is asked to perform a certain action, or to interact with an everyday object in a specific way. Falling somewhere between ephemeral sculpture, performance and relational aesthetics, these incongruous (or even absurd) moments have been documented in photographs, drawings and videos. This interrogation of the very definition of sculpture is applied not only to human beings, but also to objects. In his three-dimensional works, in which he variously uses wood, Styrofoam, resin, paint, ceramics and textiles, Wurm often connects deeply emotional and psychological conditions to the human body as an ‘object’. In so doing, he deliberately challenges traditional forms and pushes them towards precarious states of distortion and tension. Humour permeates his oeuvre, which is also underpinned by a fierce critique of consumer society and contemporary culture. Recent projects, such as Melting Houses and Drinking Sculptures, return to the participatory aspect of his earlier pieces and involve the viewer in the making or the activating of the artwork.

 

Recent solo exhibition include the CAC Málaga – Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga, Spain (2012), The Beauty Business at the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, USA (2011), Wear Me Out at the Middleheim museum, Antwerp, Belgium (2011) and Liquid Reality at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany (2010). His work Narrow House was shown at the Venice Biennale in 2011. Wurm’s first exhibition with Xavier Hufkens was in 2005.

 

Erwin Wurm was born in 1954. He lives in Vienna and Limberg, Austria.


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Green Bucket (Synthesa), 2013
acrylic, metal, paint, plastic bucket (edition of 3 + 2 AP)
182 × 74 × 54 cm | 71 5/8 × 29 1/8 × 21 1/4 inches

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She He (Synthesa), 2013
Acrylic, paint (edition of 3 + 2 AP)
143,5 × 54 × 43 cm | 56 7/16 × 21 1/4 × 16 7/8 inches

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Red Bucket (Synthesa), 2013
acrylic, metal, paint, plastic bucket (edition of 3 + 2 AP)
173 × 47 × 44 cm | 68 1/16 × 18 1/2 × 17 5/16 inches

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Half (Synthesa), 2013
Acrylic, paint (edition of 3 + 2 AP)
171 × 50 × 46 cm | 67 5/16 × 19 5/8 × 18 1/16 inches

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Hand (Abstract Sculptures), 2013
bronze, paint, wood (edition of 6 + 2 AP)
17,5 × 30 × 25 cm | 6 7/8 × 11 3/4 × 9 13/16 inches

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Standing (Abstract Sculptures), 2013
bronze, paint (edition of 6 + 2 AP)
79,5 × 37 × 25,5 cm | 31 1/4 × 14 9/16 × 10 inches

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Lying on the side (Abstract Sculptures), 2013
bronze, paint (edition of 6 + 2 AP)
28,3 × 66 × 37 cm | 11 1/8 × 25 15/16 × 14 9/16 inches

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Tower of the Socialist International I (Abstract Sculptures), 2013
bronze, paint (edition of 6 + 2 AP)
147,5 × 25,5 × 20 cm | 58 1/16 × 10 × 7 13/16 inches

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Pow! (Abstract Attack), 2013
bronze, paint (edition of 12 + 2 AP)
24 × 14 × 38 cm | 9 7/16 × 5 1/2 × 14 15/16 inches

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Smack! (Abstract Attack), 2013
Bronze, paint (edition of 12 + 2 AP)
9 × 14 × 14,5 cm | 3 1/2 × 5 1/2 × 5 11/16 inches

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Boing! (Abstract Attack), 2013
bronze, paint (edition of 12 + 2 AP)
6,5 × 23 × 9 cm | 2 1/2 × 9 × 3 1/2 inches

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Big House Attack I, 2013
Bronze, patina (edition of 3 + 2 AP)
132,5 × 92 × 63,5 cm | 52 1/8 × 36 3/16 × 25 inches

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He-pop, 2012
bronze, paint (edition of 5 + 1 AP)
61 × 29 × 22 cm | 24 × 11 3/8 × 8 5/8 inches

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She-pop, 2012
bronze, paint (edition of 5 + 1 AP)
60 × 28 × 20 cm | 23 3/16 × 11 × 7 5/16 inches

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Misconceivable (Boat), 2010
Mixed media
1000 × 710 × 226 cm | 393 3/4 × 279 1/2 × 89 inches

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Untitled, 2009
c-print (edition of 5 + 2 AP)
144 × 114 cm | 56 3/4 × 44 7/8 inches

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Big Gulp, 2009
bronze, dark patina (edition of 3 + 1 AP)
175 × 155 × 200 cm | 68 7/8 × 61 × 78 3/4 inches

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Melting House, 2009
Wood, styrofoam, resin, paint
125 × 290 × 260 cm | 49 1/4 × 114 1/8 × 102 3/8 inches

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Exhibitions

2013

Erwin Wurm
Synthesa

2009

Erwin Wurm
Desperate Philosophers

2007

Erwin Wurm
New Sculptures

2005

Erwin Wurm
Convertible Fat Car (Porsche)

Publications

Erwin Wurm, Synthesa

includes a text by Prof. Elisabeth von Samsonow
published by Xavier Hufkens, Brussels - 2013
ISBN 978-94-91245-07-7