Erwin Wurm – One Minute Sculptures

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Erwin Wurm

From the photograph as contemporary art – By Charlotte Cotton

“Wurm photographs himself and the people who agree to collaborate with him in absurd sculptural poses. Sometimes with the aid of props made from everyday objects. No special physical skills or equipment are required for these ‘one-minute sculptures’ which encourage people to turn themselves into works of art in their daily lives.”

“Wurm suggests that the work of art is the idea, and the artist’s own physical manifestation of it is more of an encouragement to others to participate than an act only he can perform. The models for Wurm’s photographs include friends, visitors to his exhibitions and people who respond to his newspaper adverts. Wurm appears in his photographs, but not in a way that distinguishes him as the authoritative body; instead he is a tragic-comic spoof of an artistic persona.”

This work is of benefit to me as it visually depicts the numerous ways people chose to act, respond, react to and engage with objects, art, and the camera.





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