For his first exhibition at Xavier Hufkens, the well known Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, will focus on 2 projects : the “One Minute Sculpture” and the “Fat Car”. Erwin Wurm creates the “One Minute Sculptures” with human bodies, which he choreographs into absurd, witty and often perilous, relationships with objects of everyday life – a man lying squeezed under a “Barcelona” chair, a banana peeping out of a man’s trousers, a man balancing two bottles of detergent on his toes, .... Riven with a sense of imminent failure, each “sculpture” exists for barely a minute, before gravity triumphs, everything collapses, and the only thing to remain is a video or, in this case, a photograph. Volume and adding volume, two basic elements in sculpture, are treated as sociocrital issues in the work of Wurm. The “Convertible Fat Car”, the “pièce de résistance” in this exhibition, is a pitiful, chubby version of an original red Porsche which the artist has plumped up with styrofoam and fiberglass. By taking the question of obesity, Wurm probes the link between power, wealth and body weight. He also wants to offer a sharp criticism of our current value system, as the advertising world demands us to stay thin but to consume more and more.
At Xavier Hufkens, a real size, red “Convertible Fat Car” will occupy the main exhibition room of the gallery while sculpted versions of the “Fat Car” in shining, bright colours , photographs and drawings will be exhibited in the adjacent rooms.
On Friday 15 April, at 8 p.m., Erwin Wurm will do a performance at the gallery.David Altmejd
“David Altmejd’s (1974, Montreal) sculptural installations draw the viewer into the interior labyrinths of the subconscious. His deceptively realistic sculptures and dramatic stage sets, evoking gothic altars, archaeological museum displays, and architectural models, give an uncanny materiality to the primal narratives they evoke.
Using mirrors, plastic, glass and theatrical lighting, Altmejd creates dark, dramatic spaces that display and reflect his elaborate, grotesque sculptures. Often, his installations consist of multi-platformed stage areas and tomblike interiors lined with mirrors. These structures present spatial hierarchy among the various mythical species that Altmejd has created, which include werewolves and other monsters. The sculptures are further adorned with flowers, jewels, precious objects and crystals”.
Since his participation at the Whitney Biennial 2004, the work by David Altmejd has been closely followed by the international art world. The exhibition at Xavier Hufkens is Altmejd’s first project in Belgium.
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