Nicole Wermers (*1971 in Emsdetten, lives and works in London) studied at the HFBK Hamburg under Sigmar Polke and Claus Böhmler and at Central Saint Martins College in London. In addition to numerous other awards she was nominated in 2015 for the Turner Prize. The artist works in series of sculptures and creates worlds of objects drawn from mundane everyday design. Functional elements thus become ornaments of a sociopolitical and historical engagement with our immediate surroundings, based on the formal language of modernism or the urban space around us.
In the series of collages Croissants & Architecture, Wermers addresses the daily negotiation of volume and material. The former lifestyle product croissant, which has been replaced by avocado toast and which achieves its volume primarily through the supply of air, is contrasted with sandpaper, which produces a negative space through ablation. Uneasiness and enjoyment are inextricably linked. Exclusively for the Kunstverein in Hamburg, Nicole Wermers has replaced the croissant with a Hanseatic “Franzbrötchen” (French roll), which in turn almost looks like a croissant.
- Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (G)
- Women Between Buildings, Kunstverein in Hamburg (S)
ANTI, Athens Biennale, GR (G)
- Givers and Takers, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York (S)
- Infrastruktur, Herald St, London (S)
- The London Shape, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, Kingston upon Thames, London (S)
- Manners, site specific sculpture, Tate Britain (S)