Temporary work of art
With Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, bodies, houses, and objects are distorted, swollen, and contorted to illustrate the absurdities of the world we live in. Their exaggerated proportions reflect the ludicrous disparities of our societies, particularly under the influence of economics. The restriction illustrated by his Narrow House (2010) contrasts with his oversized cars and houses (Fat House, 2003).
In Erwin Wurm's Narrow House, reality is neither virtual nor augmented. It is altered. Distorted. As if the whole contruction, interior decoration, and everyday objects had suffered an uneven transformation while making a mockery of usual proportions. Its presence on the Avenue Foch – the main throughfare linking the City Hall to the beach – constrasts with the straight lines of the city centre reconstructed by Perret.