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Niki Lederer

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Resparkle with Shimmy and Shake, 2008
Resparkle with Shimmy and Shake, 2008
Resparkle with Shimmy and Shake are twin chandeliers created primarily from recycled water bottles. Each “crystal” is hand cut from the recycled bottles sourced from the Bikram Yoga Williamsburg studio where I teach and practice. By combining recycled, “found” materials, (cardboard and water bottles) with new synthetic ones, (aluminum and fun fur) I simultaneously reference the found/appropriated objects of Marcel Duchamp, Bottle Rack, (1914) and Meret Oppenheim, Object, (1936); the fur-lined teacup, in a playful way.
Shimmy, 2008
Shimmy, 2008
45 x 25 ins
cardboard, aluminum, synthetic fur, electric wire, 9 light bulbs
Poncho & Chester Wall Sconces, 2005
Poncho & Chester Wall Sconces, 2005
Lustre, 2006
Lustre, 2006
Shoes, 1994/95
Shoes, 1994/95
copper wire, plastic beads, electric wire, 25 light bulbs

28 x 50 ins.

Lustre is my reinterpretation of the chandelier expressed with gestures that are both celebratory and futile: this chandelier is the sculptural centerpiece to my internal landscape. The warmth of the copper wire, malleable and soft combined with colorful plastic beads and red lights create more of a glow than the typical chandelier shimmer. Antithetical to the refracted light of the traditional illuminated ballroom bauble which casts light outward, Lustre with its warm glow aims to draw the viewer in closer to inspect the dimly lit detail. The slow and meditative process required to hand-string the plastic beads contrasts the precision cut crystal of conventional chandeliers.
Elevation, 1996

hand built ceramic, black acrylic paint, ceramic glaze

6 x 6 x 9ins.
Elevation, 1995
Elevation, 1995
hand built ceramic

variety of true shoe sizes for women

Shoes, 1994/95 (50 pairs total) White Column’s installation 1997 Shoes is a series of hand-built ceramic shoes that approximate a wide variety of true shoe sizes for women. Totaling 50 pair in all, the shoes emphasize the female body by virtue of its absence. The vast array of shoes alludes to an obsessive relationship between the female mind and her body.
Niki Lederer
Brooklyn
New York, NY
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