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Erwin Wurm

Galerie Wilma Lock

During the mid ’80s Erwin Wurm gained a reputation for his life-size figurative sculptures in painted sheet metal, but he soon abandoned these works for subtler concepts. Wurm’s recent work can essentially be divided into three groups: his clothing pieces, his “dust pieces,” and his video works. The first group involves transforming articles of clothing—such as sweaters, coats, or pants—into sculptures, by merely folding them. He is uninterested in investing found objects with “aura,” but instead he focuses on his work’s reproducibility. In this show he wrote step-by-step instructions for folding a coat directly onto the gallery wall, allowing the viewer to become involved in the creation of his sculptures.

To create his “Staubarbeiten” (Dust works, 1990–) Wurm arranged house dust in a black vitrine—giving the impression that an object had been recently removed from it. From the “impression”

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