The Violet Revs, 2017
Situated in the deserted pavilion by the Palace Hotel pool a group of white plastic stackable chairs carrying vintage black leather jackets, adorned with studs, patches and other details, suggest the presence of a female biker gang operating under the moniker ‘Violet Revs’. The myth of biker gangs’ avalanche-like descent on small towns causing light to severe havoc is rooted in the American fifties and related to the then dominant fear of “the other” including aliens, communists and African Americans. The original gangs were mainly male, however this installation hints at a female invasion referencing female biker gangs of the sixties and seventies as well as the photographs of Swiss photographer Karlheinz Weinberger, who documented teenage rockabilly and biker gangs in sixties Switzerland.
Untitled Chair 2014
In her sculptures, photographs and collages, Nicole Wermers connects formal considerations with a discussion about urban space and its social, economical and psychological aspects. Combining references to art history with modern surfaces and materials, the artist explores fine art aesthetics within the design of daily life, specifically the ways it has been appropriated by consumer culture. Combining and reconfiguring familiar objects into new material forms, Wermers addresses the structures of ritualised social relations and the material objects through which these associations are communicated. These works transform, contain, and frame their environment, prompting a deeper consideration of how surface and design read as social and cultural indicators.
Born in 1971 in Emsdetten, Germany, Wermers is currently based in London. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Hamburg (Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg) from 1991-1997 and received an MFA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London in 1999. She has participated in residencies at Delfina Studio Trust in London (2004) and Camden Arts Centre in London (2005), and received a fellowship at Villa Massimo, the German Academy in Rome (2012). In 2015, Wermers was nominated for the Turner Prize.