Erwin Wurm

The Photographers' Gallery

IN THE LATE '70'S, Roman Signer made a very short film starring a man and a bucket. The bucket falls from on high, the man gets out of the way just in time. By contrast, many of Erwin Wurm's recent photos (documents of performances of the improvisatory “one-minute sculptures” he has been making since 1988) imply small-scale disasters that have already happened. A woman lies prone on the sidewalk, her face pressed into a plastic washbowl (Taipei outdoor sculpture, 2000). A man has seemingly collided with a wall; bent forward, his head swallowed up by stones and mortar, his defenseless rear protrudes ignominiously into the road (Cahors outdoor sculpture, 1999). Elsewhere, another hapless citizen of the same ill-fated town has apparently been laid low by a falling vinyl banquette. There he lies, the offending item of furniture pinning him to the cobblestones (Cahors outdoor sculpture, 1999).

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