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
The MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, founded in 1994, is a contemporary, experimental, multi-disciplinary
center for art and architecture and is based today in three of the most important houses by the Austrian-American architect
Rudolph M. Schindler. The core of the programming includes the internationally sought-after MAK Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program, an annual residency program for emerging international artists and architects.