Artist of the Day | Erwin Wurm
Untitled J1 2017 Plaster 48.5 × 14 × 10 cm
Erwin Wurm’s eclectic practice—incorporating sculpture, performance, photography, video, and installation—is unified by a combination of formal concerns and a sense of humor. In a sculptural series featuring works including Big Gulp Lying (2010), Wurm depicts anonymous human figures entangled in sweaters and other clothing items, creating a silhouette that is both perplexing and grotesque. Wurm also encourages viewer participation in many of his works, such as in Confessional (2003), a sculpture resembling a dog house with head-size holes on either side into which viewers are encouraged to insert their heads.
Austrian, b. 1954, Bruck an der Mur, Austria, based in Vienna and Limburg, Austria courtesy of artsy.net