On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the iconic FAT CARS, Erwin Wurm will drop his first NFT on August 30 as an open edition that will be exclusively available for 24 hours (999,- USD) on misa.art. The NFT titled BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT brings his FAT SCULPTURES via an animated version of a breathing Porsche to life.
Wurm’s comical attitude towards representation features heavily in his FAT SCULPTURES, in which he purposefully disfigures single-family homes or car models deemed middle-class status symbols by mass culture. With his FAT SCULPTURES Wurm delivers snappy and striking commentary on today’s consumer society.
The Austrian sculptor and painter Erwin Wurm is one of the most successful contemporary artists and is known for his unusual depictions of everyday life and his humorous approaches to his works. Sculptures, actions, videos, photos, drawings and books encompass his oeuvre.
Wurm is internationally recognized for his unique way of having reinvented sculpture through performance, video, drawing and photography. He often uses everyday objects such as nails and screws for his sculptures. He has twice participated in the Venice Biennale. At the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, he exhibited his installation NARROW HOUSE in the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti as part of the collaborative event Glasstress, and he returned to Venice for the 57th Biennale in 2017, where he represented Austria.
In the 1990s, Wurm came to prominence with his ONE MINUTE SCULPTURES, an ongoing iconic and now historical series of photographed performances in which he subjects his models or himself to paradoxical, cynical or absurd contortions and situations. Since then, he has been exploring ordinary decisions and existential issues, focusing on objects that help us to cope with everyday life and through which we define ourselves.
MISA: Why is Erwin Wurm creating digital art and NFTs now?
Erwin Wurm: Why not? I think it's cool and good how much is moving with new technologies. And of course I want to keep going and work in a wide variety of media as before. Much of my work is now first created on the computer in 3D programs. From there it goes on to the implementation of the physical sculptures. So I was very close and have now gone one step further. In fact, it was the other way around with my NFT. I continue to develop ideas at FAT CARS, which I've been working on for exactly 20 years. The first FAT CAR is from 2001.
MISA: Of course, 20 years ago what is technically feasible today was not possible.
EW: Exactly. I even wanted to implement the first FAT CAR digitally. At that time we went to Opel in Rüsselsheim. For three days we were provided with engineers and a state-of-the-art computer so that the car could be modeled in 3D. But that has not yet worked as I had imagined. The result was not satisfactory, so we canceled the project.
MISA: What was important to you when working on the digital version of your iconic FAT CARS series?
EW: For me, the sculptural process is generally about gaining weight and losing weight. The car breathes in and out. Volume increases and decreases again. And that in a loop. Like inflating a ball and then letting the air out again. For me, humor is primarily a method for getting people’s attention – it should ultimately prompt people to look at things more carefully. I look to the future with the NFT BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT. At some point we will be half human and half machine.
MISA: How did you feel about working on the NFT?
EW: It was difficult. (laughs) In the meantime, we've struggled with technology.
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Erwin Wurm (b. 1954) lives and works in Vienna and Limberg, Austria. His works are included in the permanent collections of major international institutions, including Tate Modern, London; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Albertina, Vienna, and MMK Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt.
Header: Erwin Wurm, BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT, 2021
Erwin Wurm, Fat House, Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria, 2017
Erwin Wurm, BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT, 2021
Erwin Wurm, Fat Car, 2001