Erwin Wurm’s motley crew of dresses and sausages cuts a carpet at Yorkshire Sculpture Park — Colossal

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July 12, 2023

Kate Moth

« Big mumbling » (2015). All photos by Jonty Wilde, installation at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2023) courtesy of the artist and Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery. Images courtesy of YSP, © Erwin Wurm, shared with permission

Dancing business suits, a leggy handbag and twisted vehicles are just some of the eerie scenes visitors to Yorkshire Sculpture Park will encounter this summer. Acclaimed Austrian artist Erwin Wurmthe first large-scale museum exhibition in the UK, Truth trapit includes nearly 75 sculptures indoors and scattered across the landscape, as well as numerous drawings, paintings, photographs and videos made over the past three decades.

Wurm started making art out of inexpensive everyday items like used clothes, wood scraps, and tin cans. While experimenting with materials and ideas, he had an epiphany: « At a certain point, I realized that everything around me can be material for an artistic work, absolutely everything… That was the decisive step, because then everything it was possible ». Now known for playful, surreal and often humorous installations, the artist challenges perceptions of the human body, everyday objects and sculpture itself.

A sculpture of two dancing pink suits.

« Great Disobedience » (2016)

Wurm often comically tangles with ideas about politics and culture, referencing capitalism, cultural norms and social conformism. Giving workwear a life of its own and transforming it from dull gray to playful pink, he separates the wearer from the symbol, leaving them free to move on their own. A giant water bottle, a much-loved comfort item, is personified with a pair of shoes and titled « Big Mutter »—mumble means « mother » in German, along with other references to her nation’s identity and history, such as anthropomorphized Vienna sausages.

The title Truth trap nods to the 17th-century French mathematician and philosopher Rene Descartes, who immortalized the phrase « I think, therefore I am », while questioning the subjectivity of truth. Wurm captures an eerie sense of joy, prompting viewers to question what they see and how they relate to the world around them.

Truth trap continue until 28 April 2024 and you can find more at Yorkshire Sculpture Park website. Explore more of Wurm’s work on his website and go Instagram.

A chrome or silver sculpture with a cloud for body and legs with sneakers.

« Great Hypnosis » (2008)

A view of the installation of a Renault 25 car sculpture from an unusual angle.

« Renault 25 » (1991)

An installation view of a sculpture of two empty business suits dancing and a tall sculpture of a box shaped button up shirt, with legs.

From left to right: “Big Disobedience” (2016) and “Big Kastenmann” (2012)

Two images side by side.  The image on the left shows an empty business suit standing in a meadow.  The image to the right shows a pastel blue Birkin bag on very long legs.

Left: “Big Suit 2” (2010-2016). Right: “Step (Big)” (2021)

Three sausage sculptures with arms and legs that appear to dance on the lawn.

From left to right: “Untitled” (2018), “Giant Big, Me Ideal” (2014) and “Untitled” (2018)

A sculpture of a Mercedes work truck folding up on a wall.

« Truck II » (2011)

Two sculptures of a briefcase and a suitcase with legs on a meadow.

From left to right: “Dance” (2021) and “Trip” (2021)

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