REYES PROJECTS PRESENTS
MARIE HERWALD HERMANN AT NADA MIAMI 2017
Hermann, who mounted her debut exhibition with Reyes Projects earlier this Fall, will create an installation at the gallery’s booth expanding on her 2014 solo show, And Dusk Turned to Dawn, Blackthorn. This presentation will juxtapose groupings of new minimalist ceramics—Hermann’s hallmark—paired with William Morris’ historic “Blackthorn” wallpaper.
Hermann’s sculptures estrange everyday objects from their original context to create straightforward compositions that preclude the functionality their shapes suggest, and promote a reevaluation of ceramics within the landscape of contemporary art. Hermann’s predominant medium is sculpture, and it’s a wide ranging practice which carefully considers the object itself and the varying methods of display.
Here, the combination of the wallpaper with the ceramics in still-life reflects a statement on the endurance of domestic objects, as well as a reflection of the artist's childhood. Hermann’s parents, architects devoted to the Nordic Modernism, retained the ornate wallpaper at their country farmhouse, previously owned by Hermann’s Grandmother. The aesthetic contrast between the stark modernism of her everyday surroundings alongside the wallpaper which reflects the birth of the Arts & Crafts movement has been a contemplative source of inspiration for Hermann throughout her life. Hermann’s work in ceramics is fueled by innumerable everyday interactions between people and their domestic goods. Her installation at NADA elevates the everyday, embracing the space that exists between the day-to-day and the entrancing other.
ABOUT MARIE HERWALD HERMANN
Marie Herwald Hermann (b. 1979, Copenhagen) lives and works in Detroit and Copenhagen. Hermann graduate with an MFA from the Royal College of Art in London. Recent exhibitions include Another Look at Detroit, Marianne Boesky Gallery in collaboration with Marlborough Chelsea, New York (2014); Galerie Nec, Hong Kong (2013); Galerie Nec, Paris - Frankrig (2012). Earlier this fall, she mounted her first solo exhibition with Reyes Projects in Detroit. Hermann is also a recipient of the 2014-2017 Danish Grant, Statens Kunstfonds 3-årige arbejdslegat.