It doesn’t matter what the art looks like but how it’s used.
Franz West was an Austrian conceptual artist who was known for his interactive sculptures, and colorful, playful public art that can be found in cities all over the world. West’s artwork is typically made out of plaster, papier-mâché, wire, polyester, aluminium and other, ordinary materials. Highly influenced by the Viennese Actionism movement and Performance Art, West presented unconventional artist-spectator relationships through his interactive sculptures, or the Adaptive/Passstücke series, which attempted to modify the role of the viewers by inviting them to wear, to carry, or to perform with the work. In the late 1990s, West turned to large-scale lacquered aluminum pieces, the first (and several after) inspired by the forms of Viennese sausages, as well as the shapes of the Adaptives. With their monochrome colors and irregular patchwork surfaces, these works were also meant for sitting and lying. West is also known for distinctive collages that mix over-painted magazine clippings, ads, and pornographic images to absurdist effect, and bulky sculptures of foam, papier-mâché, cardboard, and objects that reference Expressionist painting. West’s work has been featured in various public collections, including Museum of Modern Art, New York, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico.