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Niki Lederer
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: Discarded and found objects are my starting point. I reclaim these materials to create my sculpture, especially the brightly colored plastic bottles I find walking my dog, left in curbside recycling. I can’t resist collecting them and usually go late at night so I don’t draw attention to myself. I dissect these bottles, often cutting the plastic with scissors and leaving the edges jagged, fastening them together with wire. The ease of assembly enables spontaneity and lends a playful quality to the work, with some shapes organic and others flat. The sculptures hang from the ceiling with fishing line—light and buoyant, they gently sway as viewers pass by. I seek to draw the viewer’s attention back to these discards—to take a moment to notice how wonderful they are. By bringing attention to those materials I also hope to suggest a humorous approach to the futility of mass consumption of material resources in contemporary life.
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  • HysteriaWisteria, Cry Me a River, Lomidrevo, Rapunzel
    2016
    Found re-purposed blue plastic bottles, machine screws, hex nuts, nylon rope
    variable

  • HysteriaWisteria
    2016
    Suavitel, Xtra Tropical Passion and Vaska Natural Detergent bottles, machine screws, hex nuts, nylon rope.
    12 x 3 x 1½ feet

  • Cry Me a River
    2016
    Downey, Ajax and Suavitel fabric softener bottles
    18 feet
    Cry Me a River, streams out the second window and runs over the porch roof totaling 18 feet of Downey, Ajax and Suavitel fabric softener bottles. In the fall of 2016, a waterfall of repurposed plas

  • Rapunzel
    2016
    Arm & Hammer and corn oil bottles
    24 x 3 x 1½

  • Lomidrevo
    2016
    Gain, Purex and Cascade bottles
    5 x 2 x 1½

  • Spot Free Clean Green, High Smoke Point Yellow and A Softness You Can Feel Blue
    2015
    Found re-purposed plastic bottles, machine screws, hex nuts, wire, car tire.
    57 x 30 x 30 inches
    The Adelphi University, Eighth Outdoor Sculpture Biennial 2016-18 Spot Free Clean Green, High Smoke Point Yellow and A Softness You Can Feel Blue

  • Spot Free Green Clean Green
    2015
    Found re-purposed plastic bottles, machine screws, hex nuts, wire, car tire.
    54 x 30 x 30 inches
    Found re-purposed plastic bottles, machine screws, hex nuts, wire, car tire.

  • A Softness You Can Feel Blue
    2015
    Found re-purposed plastic bottles, machine screws, hex nuts, wire, car tire.
    57 x 30 x 30 inches
    A Softness You Can Feel Blue

  • High Smoke Point Yellow
    2015
    Found re-purposed plastic bottles, machine screws, hex nuts, wire, car tire.
    58 x 30 x 30 inches
    Found re-purposed plastic bottles, machine screws, hex nuts, wire, car tire.

  • Runner
    2015
    Recycled plastic bottles, wire fasteners, wood dowel, acrylic paint
    148” x 33”
    Installation view from Found Color, 337 Project Space, Grand Rapids, MI December 4th, 2015 to January 1st, 2016

  • Runner, (detail)
    2015
    Recycled plastic bottles, wire fasteners, wood dowel, acrylic paint
    148” x 33”
    Installation view from Found Color, 337 Project Space, Grand Rapids, MI December 4th, 2015 to January 1st, 2016

  • Fantastic Brickplastic
    2014
    Recycled plastic bottles, wire fasteners, wood dowel, acrylic paint (exterior view from the street)
    Top Panel 5’6” x 5’5” I Left Panel 2’8” x 7’ I Right Panel 2’8” x 7’

  • YYZ Squared
    2014
    Recycled plastic bottles, wire fasteners, wood dowel, acrylic paint
    66 x 65 inches
    Recycled plastic bottles, wire fasteners, wood dowel, acrylic paint.

  • YYZ Squared
    2015
    Recycled plastic bottles, wire fasteners, wood dowel, acrylic paint
    66 x 65 inches
    Kingston Sculpture Biennial (KSB), Kingston, NY

  • YYZ Squared (detail)
    2014
    Recycled plastic bottles, wire fasteners, wood dowel, acrylic paint
    66 x 65 inches
    Detail of top panel from installation at Stantec Window Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.

  • Northside Gyre Revisited
    2015
    Found re-purposed plastic bottles, machine screws, hex nuts, steel pipe, plywood, acrylic paint
    160 x 55 x 55 inches

  • Northside Gyre Revisited
    2015
    Found re-purposed plastic bottles, machine screws, hex nuts, wire, car tire.
    160 x 55 x 55 inches

  • Chewbacca
    2015
    Recycled plastic bottles, hex nuts and bolts
    74 x 36 x 36 inches
    Recycled plastic bottles, hex nuts and bolts

  • Just Butter It
    2015
    Recycled plastic bottles, wire
    24 x 16 x 16 inches
    Recycled plastic bottles, wire

  • Westcoast Red Tide
    2015
    Recycled plastic Tide bottles, wire
    18 x 18 x 12 inches
 








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