Magazine article Artforum International

Erwin Wurm: Galerie Wilma Lock

Magazine article Artforum International

Erwin Wurm: Galerie Wilma Lock

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During the mid '80s Erwin Wurm gained a reputation for his life-size figurative sculptures in painted sheet metal, but he soon abandoned these works for subtler concepts. Wurm's recent work can essentially be divided into three groups: his clothing pieces, his "dust pieces," and his video works. The first group involves transforming articles of clothing - such as sweaters, coats, or pants - into sculptures, by merely folding them. He is uninterested in investing found objects with "aura," but instead he focuses on his work's reproducibility. In this show he wrote step-by-step instructions for folding a coat directly onto the gallery wall, allowing the viewer to become involved in the creation of his sculptures.

To create his "Staubarbeiten" (Dust works, 1990-) Wurm arranged house dust in a black vitrine - giving the impression that an object had been recently removed from it. From the "impression" left by the dust, one instinctively attempts to reconstruct the original form of the object, which has "etched" itself into the space.

In the video entitled Shopping, 1995, in which two people enter a store and put on all the clothes they can seemingly get their hands on, 54 items each, layer upon layer, Wurm evokes the sculptural process through the accumulation of the clothes that enlarges each of the figures. …

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