Nick van Woert 'Breaking and Entering'
February 26 - April 4, 2011
Yvon Lambert is pleased to present Breaking and Entering, Nick van Woertʼs first solo exhibition in the
United States. Breaking and Entering will feature all new sculpture by the artist, and a sixty-eight-page
color catalogue of van Woertʼs work will accompany this exhibition. Charles Sandison will be showing
concurrently at the gallery, and both exhibitions will open with a reception for the artists on
February 26 from 6-8pm and will be on view until April 6, 2011.
Van Woertʼs practice is rooted in the artistʼs interest in architecture, ancient history, and nature. Growing
up in Reno, Nevada situated the artist between the cityʼs gaudy, over-accessorized buildings and the raw,
unadorned natural landscape of the surrounding desert. The stark contrast between the way elements are
made in naturewith the landscape constantly changing through erosion and accretionand the way
they are fabricated in the city provides both figurative and conceptual inspiration for van Woert.
In college, Van Woert studied architecture, a discipline that greatly influences his work. For the artist, the
focus is on the evolution of building materials (from stone to styrofoam), and using that to develop a
material language. His architectural interests are diverse, including Vitruvius's Primitive Hut, the Modernist
school's emphasis on being true to materials and not concealing structural forces, as well as the modified
architecture of radical “back-to-nature” groups. Van Woert even borrows material recipes from these
ecoterrorists, using elements such as polyurethane, packing peanuts, steel, fiberglass, as well as hair gel
and chlorine (which when mixed can become destructive).
For this exhibition, van Woert dissects found sculptures, often presenting the works as manipulated
versions of their former selves. Breaking and Entering also refers to a recent robbery at van Woert's
studio, in which thieves broke a window to enter the space. This was a formative experience for the artist,
as the force used by the intruders to enter and alter his environment reflects the motives behind van
Woert's own sculptural practice.
Nick van Woert (b.1979, Reno, Nevada) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has been featured in
exhibitions at venues including Yvon Lambert, Paris; Yvon Lambert, New York; Collection Lambert,
Avignon, France; Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV; Nudashank, Baltimore,
MD; and Fourteen30, Portland, OR.