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Erwin Wurm: Synthesa

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Photo-credit: Eva Würdinger, Vienna

Erwin Wurm: Synthesa
BRUSSELS  •  Xavier Hufkens  •  Ongoing

The Austrian artist Erwin Wurm (b. 1954, Bruck an der Mur) has established himself on the international art scene with works such as One Minute Sculptures (stagings of mostly bizarre situations that have been captured in photographs) and his defamiliarizations of objects (such as Fat Car).  Humour, irony and paradox play an important role in his oeuvre.

Although Wurm’s principal medium is sculpture, his work encompasses a wide variety of media and materials, including text, video, architecture, photography and painting. Interested in the fundamentals of sculpture, he defines and establishes all of these typically separate disciplines as a sculptural means of expression.

Increasing, remodelling or removing volume – the classic concerns of many a sculptor – are given a new twist in Wurm’s Synthesa series. Wurm has always been interested in destroying, distorting and extending volumes to the limit – any form of action or gesture that skews the everyday ‘normality’. Taking a typically cross-media approach, Wurm deconstructs and reassembles the human body: he enlarges and reduces bodily parts, subtracts segments and adds new and unexpected elements (in this case a plastic bucket). These works investigate the relationship between deeply emotional conditions and the human body. Can anger or fear, for example, become a sculptural form by searching for a physical manifestation of the psychological condition in the human body?

Xavier Hufkens Website

Contact: Xavier Hufkens
6 rue St-Georges
Brussels, Belgium
Tel: (32) 2 639 67 30

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