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Nick van Woert’s 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. 

Since his first solo exhibition in 2010, Van Woert has made typically large scale, mixed media sculptures, wall works, and paintings from quotidian materials. One can locate an approach to thinking and working in concern with the immediate environment, everyday materials, and considering his own contemporary urban landscape and the ubiquity of artificial objects. Those various components signify the comforts of modern life: wealth, leisure, vanity, vacation—yet they can be mixed or altered, and suddenly they turn violent. These materials, produced through modern technological advances and almost never spoil, subconsciously satisfy a human desire for immortality that may only become more extreme as technology and time progresses.

Nick van Woert (b. 1979 in Reno, NV, US) is a Brooklyn-based artist. He received his MFA from Parsons School of Art and Design, New York, NY (US) in 2007 and completed residencies at the Zabludowicz collection, in Sarvisalo (FI) and at The Edward Albee Foundation in Montauk, NY (US). His work has shown widely, including museum exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum,The Hague (NL); Margulies Collection at the Warehouse in Miami, FL (US); MAMbo, the Museum of Modern Art, 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). Van Woert’s work is included in the collections of Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo), Bologna (IT); AkzoNobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam (NL); EKARD collection and many private collections. 

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