Research on Artists’ Performance

Erwin Wurm

Erwin Wurm (born 1954) is an Austrian artist born in Bruck an der Mur, Styria, Austria. He currently lives and works in Vienna and Limberg, Austria. 

  • He has been working on One Minute Sculptures since the late 1980s; in these works, a model poses with everyday objects, but in a strange and almost unnatural way.
  • These sculptures are created almost instantaneously and with little thought beforehand. The images are pornographic or violent, and they are outside the realm of what the objects are supposed to be used for.
  • Since the sculptures are so spontaneous, they are not crafted in traditional mediums and instead are captured with film.
  • Worm has stated that his inspiration comes from a love of everyday life, and that everything around him is useful and a part of his creative process. One of Wurm’s most recent pieces is called Fat Car, which shows large life-sized sculptures that are obese and puffy.

Bruce Nauman

10 fragments of performance

Using an array of media including video installation, performance, sculpture, and photography, Bruce Nauman is known for conceptual works that explore space, language, and the body. Nauman infuses his pieces with irony and humor, creating verbal and visual puns to often-unsettling effect, challenging viewers and making them aware of their own physicality. Nauman’s neon works explore the semantic and metaphorical possibilities that arise from subtly rearranging a few letters, such as in Run from Fear, Fun from Rear (1972).

Samuel Beckett

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