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Nick van Woert’s work focuses on topics concerning the natural environment, material chemistry, and the progress of civilization. His interests include ecology, geology, and the complex history of terrain – one that is both inherent and fabricated. He explores the relationship between artificial substance and the environment, while considering the possible results of those liaisons affecting anatomy or mental disposition. His work examines deep ecology, radical environmentalism, and dark histories of the American landscape – advancing subtext by proposing a narrative: a dissection of the architecture of anarchy. 

Nick van Woert (b. 1979, Reno, NV) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA from Parsons in 2007, and completed residencies at Zabludowicz, in Sarvisalo, FI, and at The Edward Albee Foundation in Montauk, NY. His work has shown widely, both nationally and abroad, including recent exhibitions at Garage Rotterdam, Rotterdam; MAMbo, Bologna; Katonah Museum, Katonah, NY; and the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV. He has also had solo exhibitions at GRIMM, Amsterdam; Yvon Lambert, Paris/New York; and at L&M, Los Angeles.

Artworks

Nick van Woert
If I made a list of everything I touched in a day it would be a poem that could have never happened at any other time in history, 2018
Stainless steal exhaust, cat litter, spark plug, geodes, Celluclay, Foosballs, magnet, steel, Juul pod, pin, plastic skull, titanium anodized crystals, tubing, electro-formed copper, platinum silicone thumb, coal slag, plastic cup, nickel plated electro-formed copper, base coat, joint compound, tweezers, and propoxy
36 x 22 x 22 inches
(91.5 x 56 x 56 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Nick van Woert
If I Wrote a Poem, 2019
Steel, stainless steel, rubber hand, Juul pod, wrench, plastic statue parts, sex keychain, rubber shark, paper mache, copper, white bronze, porcelain hand, dart, handcuff key, air nozzle, piton, spark plug, oil filter, tooth brush, geode, clear eyes, fuss ball, bronze survey marker, cat litter, aluminum, hot sauce, pencil, paint, titanium anodised christens, keychains, paleo santo, 3d printed fork, welding tip, plasma cutter air filter, 25 cent ring, silicone finger, dirt, paint brushes, rubber orange man, button, kickstand tip, spark plug, rubber ball, polyurethane, Kentucky quarter, propoxy, nickel plated electroformed copper, bike chain, patch
33.25 x 27.25 x 21.25 inches
(84 x 69 x 54 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Nick van Woert
They Lived Outside, 2017
Aluminum, cat litter, coal slag, leather, steel, stainless steel
96 x 60 x 5 inches
(244 x 152.5 x 13 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Nick van Woert
They Cracked The Dam, 2017
Cat litter, pulverized plastic, bronze, plaster, plexiglass
84 x 244 x 3 inches
(213.5 x 91.5 x 8 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Nick van Woert
They Burned The Billboards, 2015-2017
North American Pine, Acrylic paint, chainsaw markings, stainless steel frame
96.5 x 66.5 x 3 inches
(245 x 169 x 8 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Nick van Woert
X, 2017
Coal slag, sheetrock, plywood, steel frames
54 x 72 x 2 inches
(137 x 183 x 5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Nick van Woert
Blotter, 2018
Nickel plated electroformed copper, magnet, steel shavings, steel
38 x 20 x 20 inches
(96.5 x 51 x 51 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Nick van Woert
North Pond Hermit, 2017
Electroformed copper on plastic statue
12 x 7 x 4 inches
(30.5 x 18 x 10 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Nick van Woert
Untitled, 2015
Nickel plated electroformed copper on plastic statue
12 x 8 x 5 inches
(30.5 x 20.5 x 13 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Nick van Woert
Groma With Beers, 2017
Medium
90 x 60 x 40 inches
(228.5 x 152.5 x 101.5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Nick van Woert
Untitled, 2015
Cat litter, pulverized plastic, bronze, plaster, plexiglass
96 x 36 x 60 inches
(244 x 91.5 x 152.5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Nick van Woert
Stack, 2015
Copper and concrete
120 x 42 x 40 inches
(305 x 106.5 x 101.5 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Nick van Woert
These Can Be Weapons, 2017
Silkscreen on mat mounted to wood panel
36 x 24 inches
(91.5 x 61 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán

Nick van Woert
Untitled, 2013
Fiberglass statue, polyurethane, and steel
86 x 34 x 11 inches
(218.5 x 86.5 x 28 cm)
Photograph courtesy of Morán Morán