New YorkNick van Woert: Body Parts
For the solo presentation, Body Parts, at GRIMM New York, Nick van Woert presents a selection of sculptures and wall-based works that turn the gallery basement space into a digestive tract.
The reliefs that are on display are part of an ongoing series which was first shown in 2014 at the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy, for van Woert’s solo exhibition Nature Calls. The free-standing sculptures are a mutation of a more recent series that centers on collections of everyday objects and materials that constitute the artist’s daily environment.
Van Woert combines industrial materials, such as steel and coal slag with ephemeral consumer goods like cat litter and Coca-Cola, to look at how our landscape has changed, highlighting the integration of man-made objects as a part of our natural world. For van Woert, the materials and our means of production are a reflection of who we are. Van Woert’s use of construction materials is influenced by his architectural background; he creates structures which give the prosaic a monumental form. This can be seen in his recent series of free-standing sculptures. These works are part anatomical, bringing to mind a dissected body, and part archeological, creating a spectacle of our hobbies and proclivities. The wall-based works demand a different kind of looking. These layered works display a kind of marbling which evokes the beauty of the natural world, combined with the vernacular anti- commercial style of Arte Povera. For this exhibition, these two series will be brought together for the first time, creating an interplay between contrasting elements in the artist’s oeuvre. In the process of incorporating or ‘absorbing’ materials, such as in the enzymatic processes of digestion, van Woert brings awareness to our chronic consumption.
Nick van Woert (b. 1979, Reno (US) is a Brooklyn-based artist. He received his MFA from Parsons School of Art and Design, New York (US) in 2007 and completed residencies at Zabludowicz, in Sarvisalo (FI) and at The Edward Albee Foundation in Montauk, NY (US).
His work has shown widely, both nationally and abroad, including museum exhibitions at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in The Hague (NL); Margulies Collection at the Warehouse in Miami, FL (US), MAMbo, the Museum of Modern Art in Bologna (IT); SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, GA (US), The Zabludowicz Collection, London (UK), The Philip & Muriel Berman Museum of Art in Collegeville, PA (US), Katonah Museum in Westchester County, NY (US), Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, NV (US), and at Sheppard Contemporary Gallery at the University of Nevada, Reno, NV (US). Solo gallery exhibitions include GRIMM in Amsterdam (NL) and New York, NY (US); Yvon Lambert in Paris (FR) and New York (US); L&M in Los Angeles, CA (US); Morán Morán in Los Angeles, CA (US); Patron Gallery, Chicago, IL (US).
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