Austrian artist Erwin Wurm’s (b. 1954) One Minute Sculptures are equal parts sculpture, performance, and image. Here is an interview with Wurm about the series.
“If you approach things with a sense of humor,” the artist says, “people immediately assume you’re not to be taken seriously. But I think truths about society and human existence can be approached in different ways. You don’t always have to be deadly serious. Sarcasm and humor can help you see things in a lighter vein.”
Sculpture I students: for our next class meeting, bring as many props as possible for an in-class “One-Minute Sculpture” workshop, as well as, a camera (preferred) or camera phone for documentation.
Spontaneity will be rewarded: “First thought, best thought”
Today we introduce your next project: Body Extension. With this assignment, we will look at artists working sculpturally with the body. We will discuss strategies for building lightweight structures to be worn. Your homework is to arrive to our class meeting with a project and /or several ideas already underway, as well as, enough materials to continue working in class. I will conduct individual meetings throughout.
This project is a mixed media assignment lasting approximately 3 weeks with a critique scheduled for the last week of October. You are invited to work with any material(s) you deem appropriate to execute your idea. Your final piece must be worn and/or interactive for the critique.
We will begin with a short preparatory group workshop/project called “One Minute Sculptures” inspired by the work of Erwin Wurm. In addition to other supplies, please arrive prepared with a camera and several object “props” to work with for our next class meeting.