Austrian artist Erwin Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures have influenced a generation of U.S. sculptors, though this body of work has never been shown at a major institution in Los Angeles. For the MAK Center exhibition, the artist travelled to West Hollywood and set up a group of One Minute Sculptures in the Schindler House, conceived thusly: Wurm spent extended time onsite, fabricated location-specific and preservation-sensitive sculpture pedestals, source props from all around Los Angeles ranging from banal to blatantly comedic, and then produced a set of instructions for visitors to perform the various sculptures for sixty seconds at a time, consisting of balancing acts, mild contortions, and altered uses of everyday physical objects.

In production since 1997, these inclusive and interactive works act simultaneously as off-the-cuff quips and radical reconsiderations of the major questions key to both sculpture and art viewing: how figures relate to their ground, how one inhabits space, and how simple acts of re-framing can alter perceptions.

Erwin Wurm: One Minute Sculptures is graciously supported by the Pasadena Art Alliance, and, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
MAK Center Los Angeles, Schindler House