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Erwin Wurm deforms domestic interior objects at Frieze New York

At the 2016 edition of Frieze New York, Lehmann Maupin gallery presents a selection of new bronze works by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm. the three sculptures depict deformed interpretations of modern furniture and household objects, disfigured by a direct engagement with the artist himself. wurm sits, punches, crushes and drives across the original clay forms prior to casting, leaving permanent marks on their final figure. an oversized gun, a low cabinet and a sculptural dresser are arranged as a domestic interior, highlighting wurm’s engagement with everyday objects —particularly as a catalyst for challenging perceptions of volume, form, and materiality. this series continues wurm’s work with malformed and misshapen objects, beginning with the deconstruction of architectural objects, and evolving to include vintage furniture pieces and domestic items.

At Frieze, the bronze pieces have been presented alongside wurm’s One Minute Sculpture photographs and performances. these actions are activated on site by participants who execute the artist’s drawn or written instructions for a one-minute pose, using props or architecture.