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Nina Canell, Brief Syllables (detail), 2014, telecommunication and electricity cables, steel, wood, dimensions variable. From the series “Brief Syllables,” 2014–.

Nina Canell

Moderna Museet | Stockholm

Nina Canell, Brief Syllables (detail), 2014, telecommunication and electricity cables, steel, wood, dimensions variable. From the series “Brief Syllables,” 2014–.

The very first thing one encountered upon entering “Mid-Sentence,” Nina Canell’s recent solo exhibition, was a nail. It was embedded in the gallery wall, but instead of having been hammered in, the nail’s sharp point faced out, toward the viewer. A few more nails loosely hung from its tip, creating a fragile chain. They were held together by a magnetic force—invisible, but powerful—that permeated their little “bodies” with a flow of energy.

The works of the Swedish-born, Berlin-based artist allow the viewer to perceive normally imperceptible dimensions of reality—not only flows of energy but gravity, sound waves, or air itself. Her delicate compositions of familiar and often mundane objects and materials capture minute examples of these phenomena and render them perceptible to the viewer’s eyes, ears, or body. Through this material poetry, Canell unveils an ontology

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