Erwin Wurm b. 1954
Memory (1994-2000)
Central to Erwin Wurm’s work is a concern with expanding the concept and principles of sculpture, such as the movement from two dimensions to three, the relationship between object and pedestal, the function of gravity and the increasing and decreasing of volume. In this piece he creates a series of sculptures using the body and a variety of everyday objects; inevitably fragile and transient the sculptures exist for not much more than a minute, before everything collapses and all that is left is the video recording. These ‘One minute sculptures’, often witty and absurd, redefine the concept of sculpture as a dynamic act rather than a static object.