Erwin Wurm

This weekend, a friend introduced me to the work of Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, whom I suppose could best be described as a conceptual sculptor. His medium varies – from drawings to photography to foam to performance – but regardless of form and material, there are common themes throughout the work. Most notably, a sort of demystifying of art and it’s related fields – a figurative, and sometimes literal, deflation.The following examples aren’t particularly representative of his work as a whole, but since this is supposed to be an architecture blog, they’re probably the most interesting to you, dear reader. Plus, the field of architecture can always use a little deflating.
Guggenheim
Fat House Moller/adolf Loos
Am I a House?
House Attack. image via flickr usr Dom Dada]
More of Wurm’s work can be seen at Artnet.

Published by

Jimmy Stamp

Jimmy Stamp is a freelance writer, researcher, and recovering architect. He has contributed to The Guardian, Wired, Smithsonian, The Journal of Architectural Education, and many other websites and publications. His first book Pedagogy and Place: 100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale comes out in spring 2016. If you're looking for writer with a penchant for Piranesi and pop culture, or if you just want to say hi, you can find him on twitter @LifeSansBldgs or instagram or email him at jamestamp@gmail.com

2 thoughts on “Erwin Wurm”

  1. House Attack
    by Erwin Wurm
    at MUMOK Vienna

    Language is the house of Being. – Heidegger
    Now house is the language of Being… – Wurm
    How’s house the language of Being? – Heidegger
    Now house, how’s the language of Being? – MUMOK
    How’s whose house now the language of Being? – House
    How’s house who’s the language of being? – MUMOK
    How’s house the language of Being? – House
    How house the house house? – MUMOK
    How house the how’s house? – House
    How house, house! – MUMOK
    How hows? – House
    “Hows!?”
    -cs

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *