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b. 1979, Sweden

Nina Canell Biography

For Swedish artist Nina Canell the nature of process is the material of her practice. Grounded as much in the chance encounter as in close study, her work is characterised by a syntax of relations and transfers, whereby material forms and immaterial forces are placed in proximity, facilitating dynamic relations to emerge and sculpture as an agency to take form.

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The negotiation and displacement of energy has been an integral preoccupation in her work since the very beginning. Thinking beyond the tangibility of sculpture, she sees it not only as something that is grounded in material and objects, but more as a host that might act as a conduit for external events.

For Canell, sculpture is a condition; one that is highly sensitive to spatio-temporal variables. The environment in which her sculptures are placed determines the temperature, atmosphere and transformation of objects–just as they in turn shape what is around them.

Nina Canell (1979, Växjö, Sweden) lives and works in Berlin.

Her recent solo exhibitions include S.M.A.K, Ghent (2018); The Artist’s Institute, New York (2017); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2017); Arko Art Center, Seoul (2016); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2014); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2013).

Her group exhibitions include: the Venice, Sydney, Lyon, and Liverpool biennials; exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Witte de With, Rotterdam; the ICA, London, and the Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, among others.

Text courtesy Mendes Wood DM.

Installation view, A Higher Calling, WHITE SPACE (Shunyi), Oct 23, 2021 – Jan 23, 2022. Courtesy WHITE SPACE

Nina Canell Featured Artworks

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Disconnector by Nina Canell contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, drawing
Nina CanellDisconnector, 2020High-voltage disconnector, rain gutter, zink, steel
145 x 46 x 15.5 cm
White Space Contact Gallery
Interiors (Salty) [No. 3] by Nina Canell contemporary artwork mixed media
Nina CanellInteriors (Salty) [No. 3], 2016Cloth, salt, water, wooden frame
41.5 x 41 x 2.5 cm
Barbara Wien Contact Gallery
Interiors (Salty) [No. 2] by Nina Canell contemporary artwork mixed media
Nina CanellInteriors (Salty) [No. 2], 2016Cloth, salt, water, wooden frame
41.5 x 42 x 2.5 cm
Barbara Wien Contact Gallery
Interiors (Salty) [No. 1] by Nina Canell contemporary artwork mixed media
Nina CanellInteriors (Salty) [No. 1], 2016Cloth, salt, water, wooden frame
41.5 x 42 x 2.5 cm
Barbara Wien Contact Gallery
Brief Syllable (Twisted) by Nina Canell contemporary artwork sculpture
Nina CanellBrief Syllable (Twisted), 2017Subterranean cable fragments and concrete
143 x 13 x 13 cm
Mendes Wood DM Contact Gallery
Brief Syllable (Peeled) by Nina Canell contemporary artwork sculpture
Nina CanellBrief Syllable (Peeled), 2017Subterranean cable fragments and concrete
151 x 13 x 13 cm
Mendes Wood DM Contact Gallery
Otic Pit by Nina Canell contemporary artwork sculpture
Nina CanellOtic Pit, 2019Basalt, concrete
39.7 x 29.6 x 77.5 cm
Mendes Wood DM Contact Gallery
Brief Syllable (Twisted) by Nina Canell contemporary artwork sculpture
Nina CanellBrief Syllable (Twisted), 2017Subterranean cable fragments and concrete
143 x 13 x 13 cm
Mendes Wood DM Contact Gallery

Nina Canell Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Nina Canell Represented By

Mendes Wood DM contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, Brazil Mendes Wood DM Brussels, New York, São Paulo

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