Shedding Skin (Perpetual Current for 24 buckets)
The precarious installations of Nina Canell could be read as essays on changeability and uncertainty. Hinged upon a fabric of electromagnetics, her communities of objects quietly interact with each other through modest arrangements, balancing careful ambitions to sustain certain frequencies, movements or altitudes. Electrical debris, wires and neon gas establish temporary, almost performative sculptural unions with natural findings such as water, wood or stones, yielding open-ended moments of synchronicity. An improvisational methodology and a flexibility of form highlight Canell’s quest for sculpture, which exists somewhere in between the material and the immaterial, forming and questioning the conductive relations between solid objects and mental events.
Nina Canell was born 1979 in Växjö, Sweden, educated in Dublin, Ireland, lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Recent group exhibitions include Touched – Liverpool Biennial at Tate Liverpool, UK, On Line at Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA, Modernautställningen at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden and Manifesta 7, Trentino, Italy. Solo exhibitions include Nought to Sixty at ICA, London, UK, Five Kinds of Water at Der Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany and The New Mineral, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany. Nina Canell received the Baloise Kunst Prize at Art Basel Statements in 2009 and Ars Viva Kunst Prize in 2010.