Brussels-based sculptor Erwin Wurm’s approach to art has always been an avant-garde mash-up of the familiar and unfamiliar. For his upcoming exhibition, entitled “Synthesa” at Lehmann Maupin in New York, Wurm will showcase bronze-cast abstract sculptures that bear a striking resemblance to an American ballpark classic: hot dogs. Some of these sausage-like forms necessarily evoke comparisons to humans, but not in any traditional sense. Wurm explores the limits of sculpture and physiology by deconstructing the human figure, rebuilding it in ways that challenge our perceptive abilities. Wurm pushes the boundary further and further toward ambiguity, experimenting with anthropological forms and emotive sensibilities.