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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.

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Strays by Nina Canell contemporary artwork sculpture, installation, mixed media, moving image
Nina Canell Strays, 2013 FM radio, chromed bronze antenna
165 x 50 x 50 cm
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Bubble Cult by Nina Canell contemporary artwork sculpture
Nina Canell Bubble Cult, 2022 Wooden spirit levels
75 x 173 cm
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Thin by Nina Canell contemporary artwork sculpture
Nina Canell Thin, 2017 Nails and magnets
12 x 1 x 7 cm
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Free-Space Path Loss by Nina Canell contemporary artwork sculpture
Nina Canell Free-Space Path Loss, 2017 Heat and finger prints on copper
116 x 84 x 2 cm
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Polyethylene Irritants by Nina Canell contemporary artwork sculpture
Nina Canell Polyethylene Irritants, 2018 Copper, polyethylene, wood (electrostatic print)
58 x 50 cm
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Shedding Sheaths (K) [No. 5] by Nina Canell contemporary artwork sculpture
Nina Canell Shedding Sheaths (K) [No. 5], 2017 Fibre-optic cable sheaths (2 elements)
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Shedding Sheaths (K) [No. 4] by Nina Canell contemporary artwork sculpture
Nina Canell Shedding Sheaths (K) [No. 4], 2017 Fibre-optic cable sheaths (3 elements)
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Shedding Sheaths (K) [No. 2] by Nina Canell contemporary artwork sculpture
Nina Canell Shedding Sheaths (K) [No. 2], 2017 Fibre-optic cable sheaths (1 element)
8 x 37 x 26 cm
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