Nick van Woert’s (1979 Reno, US) practice is rooted in his architectural background and reflects on modern day society, technology and progress. Van Woert works with contemporary materials that are ubiquitous in the environment around us, investigating the extreme polarity materials can traverse. Fascinated by the material language of art and what things consist of, he dismantles and strips down objects to examine what remains.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the second solo exhibition at the gallery by American artist Nick van Woert, as well as a group exhibition organized by the artist titled ‘Pewter Wings, Golden Horns, Stone Veils’.
‘Improvised Munition’ takes its name from a United States Army Technical Manual, which outlines various ways of using seemingly innocuous and locally available materials to create weapons, explosives, fuses, ammunition, and incendiaries. The materials and objects used in the manual are typically household products; products that for van Woert describe a new American landscape. Van Woert’s interest lies in the latent horror and destructive possibilities resting just below the surface of these materials that have come to support and signify lifestyles of comfort, leisure, opulence, and convenience.
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