Nick van Woert, ‘Untitled’, 2015, GRIMM

About Nick van Woert

Informed by his background in architecture and driven by a fascination with antiquity, Nick van Woert claims to “hijack” the art historical past to create his striking, wry sculptures. A strong sense of history—both natural and human—unites his prolific output. He cites Vitruvius, the early Roman architect who was inspired by nature, as a significant influence. Like an urban archeologist, van Woert combs through the convenience stores, factories, and dumpsters in Brooklyn to source materials for his sculptures, which he then re-presents in elegant works like Home and Garden (2011). In this work, van Woert fills transparent rectangular containers with a colorful assortment of consumer and industrial products—including Kool-Aid, a Dunkin Donuts billboard, salt, and hair gel—and stacks the containers to form two perpendicular walls that look like exposed geological strata.

American, b. 1979, Reno, Nevada, based in Brooklyn, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
Organ Donor, GRIMM, New York
2016
This Is Today, Part II, Chamber, New York
2016
Just What Is It, Part I, Chamber, New York
2014
Hunky Dory Honky Tonk, GRIMM, Amsterdam

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
Organ Donor, GRIMM, New York
2014
Hunky Dory Honky Tonk, GRIMM, Amsterdam

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
This Is Today, Part II, Chamber, New York
2016
Just What Is It, Part I, Chamber, New York
2016
Human Condition, John Wolf Art Advisory & Brokerage, Los Angeles
2015
Skulpturenpark Golfclub Dellach, Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Maria Wörth
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