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Erwin Wurm photographs physical actions in daily life that at first sight appear to be incongruous.

Erwin Wurm
Indoor and outdoor Sculptures Taipei, 2000

Does this work of art convey an ambiguous message?

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Wurm photographs physical actions in daily life that at first sight appear to be incongruous.

Wurm invites the viewer to participate in these productions in which he suggests that the work of art is the idea, his artistic credo. Wurm offers a multitude of options for interpreting this work because he regards it as an open work of art. He calls this work poetic, not in the sense that it can be linked to poetry, but with the meaning of the original Greek word.

The poësis is what is created in such a way that it mixes the material with the spiritual culture. With Wurm it is the thing that is created, the distortion of objective reality that makes it poetic, his photos become image sculptures. Reality is freed from its functional banality and reduced to theatrical features for the eye, that work synthetically by triggering memories of scents, sounds and caresses.

Each of Wurm’s works is a design for an ambiguous communication in which the characters display tragi-comic traces of his artistic personality.