Erwin Wurm Makes Really Weird Art

Erwin Wurm

Erwin Wurm is an Austrian artist who makes some of the coolest art I’ve seen in a while. His approach seems rather random and funny to me, like his one minute sculptures where he poses people with random objects, redefining the notion of what sculpture is. What I’m really loving though are his fat cars, these bulbous, mutated versions of cars that are completely insane. These are made using polyurethane foam and styrofoam covered with lacquer, once painted look exactly like a real car gone plump. He’s got some other really great pieces I had to post as well like the house which is perilously tipping over the edge of the Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien in Vienna. To me it feels like Erwin is really having a lot of fun making his art, and in turn, makes it that much more fun to see.

Erwin Wurm

Erwin Wurm

Erwin Wurm

Erwin Wurm

4 Comments Erwin Wurm Makes Really Weird Art

  1. Ian O'Phelan March 1, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    When I was going to school in Cincinnati, they had a show of his work at the CAC. In the lobby was a low plinth on which patrons could enact a one minute sculpture with a oversized cosby sweater. It was very popular.

    Another point. The Red Hot Chili Peppers video for Can’t Stop references his work. What I found so refreshing about it was the fact they actually acknowledged this with a title card in the video. This in contrast to Melina Matsoukas (Rihanna’s S&M) v David LaChapelle.

  2. Matthias March 1, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Take also a look at the work of Kippenberger. Much deeper much more fun!

  3. nantes tourisme March 2, 2011 at 3:07 AM

    We have here close to Nantes (France) a piece of Erwin Wurm : “Misconceivable” a boat which is falling down into the Loire river. We had an exhibition with his one minute sculptures : that was a great time !

  4. RGKahn March 4, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    That is soooo cool. I will have to see if any of his work is is my area, Northern New Jersey. His work is the kind of art that puts a smile on my face. It is the ying in the ying and yang of art.

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