59 Positions/ 59 Stellungen
Erwin Wurm (AT 1992)
In this work, Erwin Wurm arranges 59 meetings between the human body and a number of extraordinarily elastic garments. Wurm creates amorphous, organic-like sculptures that betray their human content at second glance only. By placing articles of clothing outside the usual context, the clothing takes on a new meaning; a green pullover changes into an alien creature, two sweaters turn into a Siamese elephant and a grey sweater resembles a lonely cactus.
Erwin Wurm― Artist
Erwin Wurm (born 1954) is an Austrian artist born in Bruck an der Mur, Styria, Austria. He lives and works in Vienna and Limberg, Austria. Erwin Wurm’s eclectic practice—incorporating sculpture, performance, photography, video, and installation—is unified by a combination of formal concerns and a sense of humor. In a sculptural series featuring works including Big Gulp Lying (2010), Wurm depicts anonymous human figures entangled in sweaters and other clothing items, creating a silhouette that is both perplexing and grotesque. Wurm also encourages viewer participation in many of his works, such as in Confessional (2003), a sculpture resembling a dog house with head-size holes on either side into which viewers are encouraged to insert their heads.