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Nick van Woert will inaugurate GRIMM’s new gallery space in New York, located at 202 Bowery. Van Woert’s fourth solo show with the gallery is titled ‘Organ Donor’; it will span two floors, making it his largest solo show in New York to date.

Since his first solo exhibition in 2010, Van Woert has made typically large scale, mixed media sculptures, wall works, and paintings from quotidian materials. His interest in radical environmentalism is not expressed through his lifestyle or a retreat to nature —he grew up in Reno, Nevada and today has a studio in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. Instead, one can locate an approach to thinking and working in concert with the immediate environment, immediate materials, and considering his own contemporary urban landscape and the ubiquity of artificial materials such as Muscle Milk and Kool-Aid as a recent departure from a history of what he terms more “monolithic” materials like stone and wood.

This present exhibition is titled after a new, central work in the exhibition, Organ Donor (2017). It is a steel stage or arena with a central steel grid, in which smaller sculptures and materials pass through and are transformed by the larger sculptural body. Like the entrails of an animal, the objects are presented like mysterious and coded omens about contemporary life.

 


Works

Organ Donor

Nick van Woert

2017`

Steel, white bronze

Various dimensions

They Cracked The Dam

Nick van Woert

2017

Cat litter, tar paper, kool-aid, mesh, screws, plywood, spray paint, one shot paint, steel frame

Frame: 213.4 x 243.8 x 7.6 cm | 84 x 96 x 3 in Cut- out: 241.3 x 184.2 x 5.1 cm | 95 x 72 1/2 x 2 in

They Lived Outside

Nick van Woert

2017

Aluminum, cat litter, steel and leather in stainless steel frame

Frame: 215.3 x 139.7 x 10.8 cm | 84 3/4 x 55 x 4 1/4 in 24 pieces, size variable


Artists

Nick van Woert

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.


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