Austrian-born artist Erwin Wurm introduces his new ‘Gulp’ exhibition at the Lehmann Maupin gallery (NY) – In ‘Gulp‘ Wurm introduces the theme of the social envelope – clothing, food, furniture, cars, houses – in order to annotate the fragility of both the individual and collective identity behind it. Wurm uses these items as personifications of a social context through which individuals attempt to express themselves all the while being formed and deformed by it.
In works such as Telekinetischer Masturbator, a sculpture of a man without arms, wearing a real shirt, and Me Under LSD, a single extended hand supporting a large cloud-like structure, Wurm translates psychological and mental realities into physical realities.
The layers in which Wurm surrounds the body, both metaphorically and literally, the extensive fattening-up or thinning-down of people and things, are, like his softened architecture, sculptural metaphors for an existential insecurity about the boundaries of oneself.”
Erwin Wurm: Gulp Exhibition @ lehmann maupin gallery
November 4th to December 4th, 2010
540 West 26th Street, New York