Erwin Wurm, Lost

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Erwin Wurm, Lost

Erwin Wurm moves us to assess the stories held by the everyday objects that surround our lives...

Erwin Wurm likes to fuck with things. Houses, cars, and people; a yacht melting over the roof of a hotel … the 61 year-old Austrian has a lengthy history of subverting everyday perceptions. All that we are familiar with buckles in the mind of Wurm.

Erwin Wurm, Lost at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris Marais

In his latest show, at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac‘s Paris Marais space, the artist focuses distortive efforts on more mundane realities; where cars have been flattened, houses turned cuddly and chubby, Wurm now turns his attention to the objects we wake up alongside. Body lotion dispensers, toilets, clocks — little is safe from an application of surreal. Tampered and tinkered with, warped and malformed, the everyday objects in Lost are resized, reshaped, reformed.

A chaise longue becomes a snow drift, complete with deep footprints, a wall clock is over-exaggerated in size, run over by tyres. Wurm weaves a narrative in this series of objects, of human’s interaction with them, the stories trapped in the things that surround our daily lives — we’re left to reappraise the essence of substance. Lost continues at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris Marais, until 5 March.

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Erwin Wurm

Erwin Wurm, Stand (Fauteuil Beige), 2015
Polyester, wood, acrylic paint.
72 x 70 x 85 cm (28,35 x 27,56 x 33,46 in) Ed. 1 of 5
Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg

Erwin Wurm, Snow (Chaise Longue)

Erwin Wurm, Snow (Chaise Longue), 2015
Polyester, iron, acrylic paint. 20 kgs
41 x 180 x 77 cm. Ed. 1 of 5
Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg

Erwin Wurm, Afterglow (Lamp)

Erwin Wurm, Afterglow (Lamp), 2015
Iron, plastic, Styrofoam, spatula, light bulb, cable.
189 x 128 x 60 cm. Ed. unique
Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg

Erwin Wurm, Toilet

Erwin Wurm, Toilet, 2014
Polyester, wood, acrylic paint.
76 x 11 x 67 cm. Ed. 3 of 5
Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg

Erwin Wurm, Horse (Sideboard)

Erwin Wurm, Horse (Sideboard), 2015
Bronze, black patina, iron. 300 kgs
65 x 203 x 63 cm. Ed. 1 of 5
Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg

Erwin Wurm, Lost (Clock)

Erwin Wurm, Lost (Clock), 2015
Polyester, Iron, Acrylic Paint.
20 x 210 x 201 cm (7,87 x 82,68 x 79,13 in) Ed. 1 of 5
Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg
Photography, Eva Würdinger

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