Nicole Wermers, ‘Rock Dispenser (Stein Spender) / Modell für Aussenskulptur’, 2010, Outset: Benefit Auction 2017

From the Catalogue:
Nicole Wermers’ works target the suggestive appeal of surfaces and the adaptation of a familiar fine-art aesthetic within the overall design of our daily life. Ashtrays resembling sculptures or sculptures that remind one of security devices at the exit of department stores blur the distinctions between functional design and autonomously conceived art.
Source:, Vanessa Joan Müller

Signature: Certificate of Authenticity

Image rights: Donated by Produzentengalerie Hamburg Photo: Roman März

About Nicole Wermers

Through elegant, evocative, and slyly humorous sculptures, installations, photographs, and collages, Nicole Wermers investigates the structure of our built environment and its effect on our lives. She concentrates primarily on public spaces—including restaurants, museums, shopping malls, and other urban locales—cleverly referencing the way they are shaped both by their designers and their eventual users. In her exquisitely composed works, art history (especially the Modern period) and high culture meet mass marketing and consumerism. For example, she has created a series of freestanding portals out of variously shaped and configured pieces of metal, which recall both the formal considerations of modernist sculpture and airport security gates. When invited to artistically intervene in Tate Britain’s refurbished café, Wermers responded by crafting a double-bowled spoon whose design was based on various modernist prototypes.

German, b. 1971, Emsdetten, Germany, based in London, United Kingdom