Nina Canell: Near Hear, Camden Arts Centre, 17 January – 30 March

Nina Canell: Near Hear, Camden Arts Centre, 17 January – 30 March

In recent years Nina Canell has exhibited at major international shows, including La Triennale, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, the 18th Biennale of Sydney and the 2010 Liverpool Biennial. Her work will be shown in a new solo exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre, inspired directly from the architectural space it inhabits. This presentation runs from 17 January to 30 March.

Interrogating the certainty of sculpture defines Canell’s practice, and her ability to combine everyday objects, electrical currents and atmospheric elements to create intriguing assemblages has gained her world-wide recognition. Canell’s seemingly unorthodox use of objects and materials can be seen as an attempt to articulate our intuitive understanding of the conditions around us.

Canell’s presentation at the Camden Arts Centre uses the gallery setting as its driving force and prompts an exploration of the ‘unbuilt’ – components that tend to condense or disperse. Drawn to the subtlety of fluctuating forces and the minutiae of perception, Canell’s work traces the innate bond we have with our surrounding atmosphere. By testing this intimate intersection of audience, object, and event, Canell achieves an outcome that is fascinating, inquisitive and expressive.

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1. Of Air, (2012), collaboration with Robin Watkins. Desiccator, 3800 ml of air from Dmitri Mendeleev’s study, perspex, wood. Private collection, Italy.