Testing the intimate intersection of audience, object, and event, Nina Canell's work has been described by curator Fionn Meade as “tethered to fragmented and often partially withheld narratives [and] comprised of choreographed indirection and relay.” Published in relation to the exhibition “Stray Warmings” at Midway Contemporary Art in Minneapolis, this new monograph brings together writing and reproductions that extend beyond this particular context. The book documents the broader framework that has defined the artist's practice during the past years, considering how intuition, corners, and a stratification of the transparent have formed Canell's understanding of sculpture and its dissolution.
The text contributions are comprised of a conversation between Dieter Roelstraete and Monika Szewczyk on the topic of communication, followed by an essay by Steven Connor on the consistency of words, imagination, and thought itself.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, in 2013.
Born 1979 in Växjö (Sweden), Nina Canell lives and works in Berlin. Her installations give concrete expression to the lightness and intangibility of the everyday. The natural materials she presents—water, stone, air, earth, wood, copper—are traversed by electric arcs and heat sources, giving rise to delicate, ephemeral physical reactions that reveal and underscore our innate relationship with our immediate environment. Her work has recently been shown at the Moderna Museet (Stockholm), the Camden Arts Centre (London), the Sydney Biennial, at MoMA and the Swiss Institute (New York), and at the 13th Lyon Biennale.