A Solo Exhibition Presenting a New Body of Ceramics, New Works on Paper & a New Series of Polaroids from Wurm’s Interactive One Minute Sculpture Series
Visitors to the Exhibition are Invited to Participate in One Minute Sculptures and Receive a Photograph of their Sculpture
Exhibition Features Fat Mini, A New Work in The Artist's Fat Car Series
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac London presents Erwin Wurm: New Work, the largest solo exhibition in the UK to date of works by the Austrian artist (b.1954), who has expanded conceptions of sculpture and the human form over the last thirty years.
The exhibition encompasses the artist’s new group of ceramic works, which take the form of bodily abstractions; new works on paper; a new work in his Fat Car series; the latest in his humanoid Stone sculptures, which stand upright on legs; Polaroids recording recent One Minute Sculptures and live performances of two One Minute Sculptures on loan from Tate’s permanent collection.
Throughout the show’s run, visitors are invited to participate in creating their own One Minute Sculpture according to the artist's instructions, which will be recorded in a photograph for them to keep (full details of timings available here).
Erwin Wurm’s sustained interest in the varied intersections of the physical and psychological runs through all five bodies of work in the exhibition, at times manifested in a sense of the surreal or absurd. His new ceramics abstract individual body parts, which take on new meaning when seen in isolation, subverting our perception of these objects in their altered forms. The One Minute Sculptures capture the sculptural potential of the human body and bring the dimension of time and impermanence into this traditionally spatial and permanent form. In Wurm’s Stone sculptures, the weighty mass of a moss-covered stone stands in for the body, perched atop legs that exhibit different characteristics – whether clad in bellbottoms, barefoot, or booted – hinting at a distinct personality. The Fat Mini, a racing-green Mini Cooper, addresses the West’s bloated fascination with mass consumption, the fattened, anthropomorphic automobile satirically confronting our value system.
Can I use the idea of the sculptural to process everyday life and our time to gain a new perspective or a new possibility for interpretation? – Erwin Wurm