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Nina Canell

Swedish, b. 1979

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Nina Canell

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Swedish, b. 1979

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223
Biography

In elegant, minimalistic sculptures and installations, Nina Canell aims to draw our attention to the overlooked networks and phenomena (both natural and manmade) that surround us. Her works have included electrical cables cut into pieces and presented upraised on slender stands or encased in clear acrylic blocks, highlighting both their functionality and the aesthetic qualities of their patterned interiors. She also explores the subtle touch of the sun, be it through a pair of sun-bleached window shades side-by-side, or through a glass set near a window to refract the light. No substance is too ephemeral or humble for Canell. She has also imbued a sculpture with the scent of car air freshener and centered an installation around pieces of chewed gum, which she described as “a form of thought residue, a little fossil.”

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Manifesta, and 2 more
Biography

In elegant, minimalistic sculptures and installations, Nina Canell aims to draw our attention to the overlooked networks and phenomena (both natural and manmade) that surround us. Her works have included electrical cables cut into pieces and presented upraised on slender stands or encased in clear acrylic blocks, highlighting both their functionality and the aesthetic qualities of their patterned interiors. She also explores the subtle touch of the sun, be it through a pair of sun-bleached window shades side-by-side, or through a glass set near a window to refract the light. No substance is too ephemeral or humble for Canell. She has also imbued a sculpture with the scent of car air freshener and centered an installation around pieces of chewed gum, which she described as “a form of thought residue, a little fossil.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Manifesta, and 2 more
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