Nicole Wermers, Chemie, Exhibition view, Secession 2004, Photo: Matthias Herrmann

Nicole Wermers

Chemie

November 26, 2004 – January 30, 2005

In her collages and sculptures Nicole Wermers relocates the attractions and surfaces of a contemporary consumer culture in architectural structures that hint at the interplay of seduction and control. In the Grafisches Kabinett of the Secession Nicole Wermers shows a series of paired abstract sculptures. As architectural systems of guidance they form sluices and passages, while their formal structure brings to the mind electronic article surveillance systems at the entrances and exits of department stores. Nicole Wermers takes these artifacts, which usually have a design factor of next to zero, and updates their sculptural potential. Her choice of materials (wood, steel, industrial PVC flooring, among others) takes up a history of minimal sculpture and modernist surface design.

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Nicole Wermers, born in Emsdetten (Nordrhein Westfalen) in 1971, lives and works in Hamburg and London.