Erwin Wurm

Erwin Wurm is an Austrian artist born in Bruck an der Mur, Styria, Austria in 1954. He currently lives and works in Vienna and Limberg Austria.

Check out this great Pinterest by Alison Safford that focuses on his work: EW on Pinterest

Here’s what Wikipedia says about One Minute Sculptures

“Since the late 1980s, he has developed an ongoing series of One Minute Sculptures, in which he poses himself or his models in unexpected relationships with everyday objects close at hand, prompting the viewer to question the very definition of sculpture.[5] He seeks to use the “shortest path” in creating a sculpture—a clear and fast, sometimes humorous, form of expression. As the sculptures are fleeting and meant to be spontaneous and temporary, the images are only captured in photos or on film.

To make a One Minute Sculpture, the viewer has to part with his habits. Wurm’s instructions for his audience are written by hand in a cartoon-like style. Either Wurm himself or a volunteer follow the instructions for the sculpture, which is meant to put the body in an absurd and ridiculous-looking relationship with everyday objects. Whoever chooses to do one of Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures holds the pose for a minute, or the time it takes to capture the scene photographically. These positions are often difficult to hold; although a minute is very short, a minute for a One Minute Sculpture can feel like an eternity.”

A nod of the hat to  Alfred students, here are a few of their One Minute Sculptures from last year.

 

 

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