Barbara Wien hosted by Barbara Gross Galerie – (Various Others)

Barbara Gross Galerie

  • 14.09.2018. - 20.10.2018

Nina Canell Ian Kiaer

As part of the gallery share initiative Various Others and in cooperation with the Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin, we are delighted to present an exhibition of works by Nina Canell and Ian Kiaer in our premises.Both artists are pioneers of a movement in contemporary art that, in responding to a world that increasingly appears dematerialized as a result of digitalization, turns attention to the material phenomena of reality. Intangible facts such as communication, ideas, or emotions, are given concrete physical presence in the often artistically atypical materials of Canell’s and Kiaer’s sculptural installation works. In their artistic practice, Kiaer and Canell share a conscious openness that, despite great precision, also allows for chance and favors the fragility of intermediate states, indecisiveness, and doubt over definitive truths.

In Ian Kiaer’s work, the model plays a central role both conceptually and formally. Models allow thoughts to be given material form and function as a mediator between an idea and its concrete realization. Built architectural models emerge quite concretely in Kiaer's installations made from used everyday objects, waste materials, and pictures. In turn, the installations themselves can be seen as open, model-like experimental setups.

Nina Canell is interested in different processes of transmitting energy that connect things with one another, and she researches these processes in her art in a very concrete manner. Her work hosts processes that either take place in them or testify to their occurrence. For some years she has been working with electrical and telecommunications cables, the "nervous system of our current day", as the artist calls them.

Nina Canell, born 1979 in Växjö, Sweden, studied in Dublin, Ireland. She lives and works in Berlin. Selected solo exhibitions: S.M.A.K, Ghent; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2018); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; Le Crédac, Centre d’art contemporain, Ivry-sur-Seine, France (2017); Arko Art Center, Seoul (2015); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2014). In 2017 she co-represented Sweden at the Venice Biennale.

Ian Kiaer, born 1971 in London, lives and works in London and Oxford. Selected solo exhibitions: Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2017); Neubauer Collegium, Chicago (2016); Henry Moore Institute, Leeds; Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea (2014); Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2012); Kunstverein München, Munich (2010).