The sculptures of Swedish artist Nina Canell (b. 1979) give substance to the intangible and lightness to the physical.
Drawn to the subtlety of fluctuating forces and the minutiae of perception, Canell traces the innate bond we have with our surrounding atmosphere.
Her seemingly unorthodox use of objects and materials attempts to transfer, exchange and share forms of intuitive knowledge. Transforming electrical currents, atmospheric elements, stray socks or chewing gum into sculptural components, her assemblages fuse matter, radiance and sound to create delicate and ephemeral testing grounds.
Near Here comprised of a new series of works which responded to the architectural environment of Camden Arts Centre. Testing the intimate intersection of audience, object, event and the surrounding space, the outcomes of her work are at once curious and poetic.
The exhibition was developed in collaboration with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. A presentation of the exhibition followed at BALTIC, 18 April – 20 July 2014.