FAT HOUSE

ERWIN WURM

A sense of humor is something that has always seemed so detached from artistic creation, but for Erwin Wurm, things go in the opposite direction. Many of his works are undeniably funny, so far from serious that they’re sometimes a bit quirky. Everyday objects interact with the human body in unexpected manners as new meanings are created. A number of Wurm’s works satirize mundane everyday life objects and deviate forms to look funny and somewhat sarcastic. 

Among his many interesting works is ‘Fat House.’ Initially developed in 2003, the one-story house with gable roof and bulging walls is a reflection on the consumerist dream of the middle class and the struggles they have to go through to own a house or a car while living economically in order to possess these objects. Fat House has been exhibited in museums around the world with the latest venue being the exhibition grounds of Vienna’s Belvedere near 21er Haus, which is currently hosting Wurm’s solo exhibition where 40 of his sculptures are displayed.

TEXT: AROON PURITAT
PHOTO : JOHANNES STOLL BELVEDERE, VIENNA
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