Nina Canell, “Satin Ion”
Hyunjin Kim, Artistic Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
available from mid September 2015
Artistic Director, Hyunjin Kim
Arko Art Center
For Canell there is no mediation that is lossless—an output is never the pure transmission of a source—but always as much the distance it has travelled, the things it has come in contact with or bounced with or off. She is interested in the consistency of distances that can be traced through an arbitrary sense of material precision: utilising water, viscosity, synthetic carpets, electricity, surface tension, stray socks and chewing gum. This consistency, at times imperceptible and at times palpable, is what the artist describes as “something that I find in my sculptural vocabulary—an extra-linguistic or non-verbal modulation of content—articulating the impurities of a medium or assemblage.”
This solo exhibition is the first introduction of Nina Canell to Asian region with 15 works from a series of new productions as well as recent works. For Arko Art Center exhibition, Canell has made research into the production and distribution of fiber optic sheaths in the outskirts of Seoul, where cable mounds are sorted according to colour and eventually remoulded into the synthetic circumferences of future relations. Literally caught in between melting and being repurposed, several hundred meters of gutted sheaths are compressed into dense lumps of immaterial distance. Contextualized by both recent and earlier works, the exhibition will consider sculpture as a medium of storage, transmission and reception.
Exhibition catalog will be published around August 2015.
About Nina Canell: Selected solo exhibitions include Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2014), Camden Arts Centre, London (2014), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle (2014), Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2013), Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, (2012), Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2011), Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Vienna (2010). Her work has been included in several international group exhibitions such as the 18th Biennale, Sydney; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool; Manifesta 7, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol. Within Asia, Nina Canell was introduced through group exhibitions such as Movement, Contingency and Community, Gallery 27, Kaywon School of Art & Design, Uiwang (2007) and Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2008).