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Nina Canell

Berlin, b.1979

Nina Canell’s body of work can be described as a kind of “sculptural condition" that embodies both a state of stillness and of flux (as seen in natural phenomenon). Her works challenge traditional categories of sculpture using chemical and material interactions between mediums that measure the constant flux of their...

Nina Canell’s body of work can be described as a kind of “sculptural condition" that embodies both a state of stillness and of flux (as seen in natural phenomenon). Her works challenge traditional categories of sculpture using chemical and material interactions between mediums that measure the constant flux of their surroundings—illustrating the invisible and immaterial world that remains unseen to the naked eye.

Over the past couple of years, the artist has explored the role of fiber-optic cables in technology and the internet, exploiting the colorful exterior sheaths of recyclable cables collected from Lyon and the outskirts of Seoul to...

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Nina Canell’s body of work can be described as a kind of “sculptural condition" that embodies both a state of stillness and of flux (as seen in natural phenomenon). Her works challenge traditional categories of sculpture using chemical and material interactions between mediums that measure the constant flux of their surroundings—illustrating the invisible and immaterial world that remains unseen to the naked eye.

Over the past couple of years, the artist has explored the role of fiber-optic cables in technology and the internet, exploiting the colorful exterior sheaths of recyclable cables collected from Lyon and the outskirts of Seoul to ruminate on the physicality of technology and its presence in our lives. While today's increasingly digitized environment aspires to adopt a state of wirelessness, fiber-optic cables are still required and are found buried across the world and at the bottom of the ocean. This conceptual tension underlies the antinomic relationship of technology—a major leitmotif of the artist since her early works that featured a cross-section of the bulky fiber-optic cable as individual sculptures.


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(1st) Photo by Robin Watkins, provided by Kukje Gallery, Seoul. Courtesy of the artist, Kukje Gallery, Seoul and Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin
(2nd) Installation view of Nina Canell, "Satin lon" at Arko Art Center, Seoul 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

RELATED CATEGORIES

Germany / Immateriality / Installation / Invisibility / Invisible Energy / Invisible World / Mixed-media Installation / Sculptural Condition / Sculpture / Sweden

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 2005
    BA (Hons), Fine Art (1st class), Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017
    Ayrton. Four exhibitions by Armando Andrade Tudela, Nina Canell, FOS and Tania Pérez Córodva, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
  • Dolphin Dandelion, Le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
  • 2016
    Foam-Skin Insulated Jelly-Filled Vowel, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017
    Gridded Currents, Kukje Gallery, Seoul
  • ARS17: Hello World! Art after the Internet, Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA / The Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki
  • More Than Just Words [On the Poetic], Kunsthalle Wien, Wien

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Curriculum Vitae

Educations

  • 2005
    BA (Hons), Fine Art (1st class), Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017
    Ayrton. Four exhibitions by Armando Andrade Tudela, Nina Canell, FOS and Tania Pérez Córodva, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
  • Dolphin Dandelion, Le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
  • 2016
    Foam-Skin Insulated Jelly-Filled Vowel, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin
  • Nina Canell: Reflexology, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai
  • 2015
    Satin Ions, Arko Art Center, Seoul
  • Dimensions Withheld, Daniel Marzona, Berlin
  • 2014
    Free-Space Path Loss, Lunds konsthall, Lund, Sweden
  • Mid – Sentence, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
  • The Registry of Promise, Le Credac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
  • Near Here, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
  • Near Here, Camden Art Centre, London
  • Near Here, Lulu, Mexico City
  • Impulse Slight (permanent), Royal Library Stockholm, Stockholm
  • 2013
    Nina Canell | Sofia Hultén (two person exhibition), Galerie Luisa Strina, São Paulo
  • Stray warmings, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf
  • O Little Drops, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin
  • Stray warmings, Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis, USA
  • 2012
    Nina Canell & Rolf Julius, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
  • Tendrils, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
  • Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis, USA
  • Nina Canell: Into the Eyes as Ends of Hair, Cubitt Gallery, London
  • 2011
    Matter of the Heart, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin
  • Heart of the Matter, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin
  • Ode to Outer Ends, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel
  • 2010
    Nina Canell: To Let Stay Projecting as a Bit of Branch on a Log by Not Chopping it Off, MUMOK, Vienna
  • 2009
    Nina Canell: We Sank Through to Our Waists (32760 Revolutions), Projects in Art & Theory, Cologne
  • Five Kinds of Water, Hamburg Kunstverein, Hamburg
  • Art Statements, Art 40, Basel
  • The New Mineral, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
  • Paradise [31], Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
  • 2008
    Walking on No-Top Hill, Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin
  • Nought to Sixty, ICA, London (collaboration w. Robin Watkins)
  • Slight Heat of the Eyelid, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin
  • 2007
    Moon. Mist. Drum., Model Arts & Niland Gallery, Sligo, Ireland
  • 2006
    Soft Mud & Parallel Happenings, T293, Naples
  • 2005
    We Woke Up With Energy, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017
    Gridded Currents, Kukje Gallery, Seoul
  • ARS17: Hello World! Art after the Internet, Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA / The Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki
  • More Than Just Words [On the Poetic], Kunsthalle Wien, Wien
  • Viva Arte Viva, Nordic Pavilion, 57th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, Venice
  • Transmissions from the Etherspace, La Casa Encendida, Madrid
  • Neither, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels
  • Theatre of Measurement, Kunstverein Muenchen, Germany
  • 2016
    We Are The Center for Curatorial Studies (phase 1), Hessel Museum of Art, New York
  • Samhällsmaskinen, Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden
  • Inflected Objects #2: Circulation - Otherwise, Unhinged, Future Gallery, Berlin
  • A Thousand Horsepower, Trinxet Factory, Barcelona
  • Third Nature, CCS Bard, New York
  • Matter Fictions, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon
  • Die Kräfte hinter den Formen/The forces behind the forms, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany
  • Die Kräfte hinter den Formen/The forces behind the forms, Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland
  • The Distance of a Day: Connections and Disconnections in Contemporary Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Accrochage, Pinault, Punta Della Dogana, Venice
  • The Mud of Compound Experience, G/F, Hong Kong
  • Farewell to an Idea, curated by Jaromir Hladík, Neue Berliner Räume, Berlin
  • Life Itself. On the question of what it essentially is; its materialities, its characteristics considering that the attempts to…, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
  • Fluxesfeverfuturesfiction, Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Spain
  • Accueille-moi paysage, Marcelle Alix Gallery, Paris
  • 2015
    Drawn By Its Own Memory, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London
  • Blühendes Gift. Zur Feministischen Appropriation des Österreichischen Unbewussten, Mumok, Vienna
  • La vie modern, 13th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon
  • Presque rien, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris
  • Art In The Age Of…Planetary Computation, Witte de With, Rotterdam
  • Koeln Skulptur #7, Skulpturen Park Köln, Köln, Germany
  • White Noise, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland
  • An Imprecise Science, Artspace, Sydney
  • Le Souffleur, Schürmann trifft Ludwig, Ludwig Forum Aachen, Aachen, Germany
  • Percussive Hunter, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul
  • Art In The Age Of…Energy and Raw Material, Witte de With, Rotterdam
  • 2014
    Animal Mineral Vegetable, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
  • Technokinesis, Blum & Poe, New York
  • Siehe was dich sieht, 21er Haus, Vienna
  • nature after nature, Fridericianum, Kassel
  • And How Are We Feeling Today?, San Diego University Art, San Diego
  • Curiosity: Art & the Pleasures of Knowing, De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam
  • 2013
    How To Write, Galerie Wien Lukatsch, Berlin
  • The Stand In (or A Glass of Milk), Public Fiction, Los Angeles
  • Surface Tension, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada
  • Curiosity: Art & the Pleasures of Knowing, Hayward touring, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK
  • Köln Skulptur 7, Skulpturenpark Köln, Köln
  • Flex-Sil Reloaded, Kunsthalle St Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • 12 Triennale Kleinplastik, Fellbach, Germany
  • 2012
    Dorothea Von Stetten Kunstpreis, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
  • Les amas d’Hercule, Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, France
  • Sydney Biennale, Sydney
  • Made in Germany Zwei, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover
  • Intense Proximity: La Triennale, Paris
  • Atelier + Küche, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany
  • The Devils Fidelity, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris
  • 2011
    Second Strike, Herzliya Biennial, The Herzliya Museum for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Based in Berlin, Monbijou Park, Berlin
  • Twenty Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
  • Labor / Laboratory, (Ars Viva Prize), SALT, Istanbul
  • Under Destruction, Swiss Institute, New York
  • 2010
    On Line: Drawing through the twentieth Century, MoMA, New York
  • Modernautställningen, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
  • Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
  • On Destuction, Jean Tinguely Museum, Basel
  • Neue Alchemie, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Münster,
  • Beyond Entropy: When Energy Becomes Form, La Biennale di Venezia – 12th Intl. Architecture Exhibition, Venice
  • A Never Ending Story, Truth or Consequences, NM, USA
  • Fischgrätenmelkstand (curated by John Bock), Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin
  • Runaway Train, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm
  • Life: A User´s Manual, Art Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  • Leopards in the Temple, Sculpture Center, New York
  • Performative Attitudes, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland
  • Das Wesen im Ding, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt
  • 2009
    The Knight’s Tour, De Hallen, Haarlem, Netherlands
  • The Actuality of the Idea, Stuart Shave / Modern Art, London
  • All That is Solid Melts into Air, MuHKA, Antwerp/Mechelen, Belgium
  • Canell/Egan/Nowak, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf
  • Coalesce Happenstance, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam
  • 2008
    7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
  • Manifesta 7 - European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Trentino Südtirol Alto Adige, Italy
  • Auto – Stop, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
  • Sometimes You Fall in Love with an Idea, Cluster, Berlin
  • Mima: Sound Space, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK
  • No Borders (Just News), La Centrale Electrique - European Centre for Contemporary Art, Brussels, Belgium, February + CACT - Centre of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2007
    Beyond the Country: Perspectives of the Land in Historic and Contemporary Art, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
  • Movement, Contingency & Community, Gallery27, Seoul
  • What Remains, Spazio Lambretto, Milan
  • Come Together, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
  • 2006
    Bring the Noise, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, UK
  • Plane, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin & The Dock, Carrick-on Shannon, Ireland
  • 2005
    Precaution, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Grants & Awards

  • 2010
    Edstrandska Stiftelsen, Malmö
  • Ars Viva - Preis 2010/2011, Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft, Germany
  • 2008
    Baloise Prize, Statements Art 40 Basel
  • Location One, residency stipend, New York (-2009)
  • Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Johanneum Graz, project award
  • Culture Ireland, project stipend
  • 2007
    Arts Council Ireland, Artist Bursary Award
  • Model Arts & Niland Gallery Fellowship
  • 2005
    Aileen McKeogh Award
  • Firestation Artists’ Studios Residency (-2008)
  • 2004
    Jönköping Cultural Committee Award

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