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Nina Canell, b.1979

Expand, Expand Through Bush & Land2007

The work of Nina Canell attempts to activate an intersection between
humans, objects and events whereby a certain kind of material
imagination might be articulated. Her installations posit themselves as
testing grounds – imitating, misinterpreting or reinventing elements of
the natural world – proposing intimate bonds in our existing as well as
fictive vicinity. A certain affinity for peripheral moves and transitions
brings forth a group of sculptural works, which by way of accumulation
produces modest material cross-overs and complicates our conception
of proximity and distance, form and formlessness. There is a dedicated
principle at work, firmly embodying the assertion that the appearance
of a given thing is the outcome of the happenings it has endured –
a proposition that places sculptural emphasis on conductive relations,
shifting attention from its material aspect to that which is embedded
or activated by a stream of occurrences.

Born in 1979 in Växjö, Sweden, Nina Canell currently lives and works in Berlin.

MediumBucket, foam, imploded thermos, insulation, light, maracas, neon, plastic, Polyfilla, rubber, socks, steel, string, synthetic fur, TV monitor, water and wood
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2010
Item NumberIMMA.3311
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Nina Canell, Expand, Expand Through Bush & Land, 2007, Bucket, foam, imploded thermos, insulation, light, maracas, neon, plastic, Polyfilla, rubber, socks, steel, string, synthetic fur, TV monitor, water and wood, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2010

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About the Artist

Nina Canell b.1979

Nina Canell graduated from the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology in 2005. She creates sculptural installations which attempt to activate an intersection between humans, objects and events whereby a certain kind of material imagination might be articulated. The principle that the appearance of a given thing is the outcome of the happenings it has endured runs through her practice. Canell’s work has been show internationally, including the 2012 Sydney Biennale. She lives in Berlin. — View Artist »