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A Solo Exhibition by Nina Beier (12 Sept – 13 Dec 2014)

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A solo exhibition by Nina Beier presents recent and new sculptures including a major spatial commission created for DRAF.

An ambitious new work, Tileables (2014), functions as a base for the exhibition. A 125 m2mosaic of ceramic tiles individually printed with texture patterns originally designed for 3-D modeling software to imitate concrete, marble, mud and other surfaces takes the relationship between the digital and physical namesake to its absurd conclusion. These tiles are accompanied by delivered boxes of fresh vegetables, hacked flatscreen fireplaces, tangled garden hoses and stacks of handmade carpets; plotting a muddy field of the fluid and the petrified, the imitation and the actual.

This exhibition is the culmination of a six-year conversation with Nina, presenting one of the most singular and accurate voices of recent years. We will focus this London presentation on sculptures, and so explore works that are trapped in an ambiguous position between an object and the representation of that object.  Vincent Honoré (Director, DRAF).

Beier’s practice negotiates social and political questions of representation and exchange, inhabiting moments of conflict and correlation. She traces the convoluted relationships between objects and images, as mediation mutates information from things to representations and back again and images subsume or discard their referents to become distinct objects in their own right. Works reveal stark contradictions between what they are and how they are used. Labour and production dynamics echo in DRAF’s building, a former furniture factory built at the end of the 19thcentury.  

With thanks to Johnson Tiles; The Danish Arts Foundation; Laura Bartlett Gallery, London; Croy Nielsen, Berlin; Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City; STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo; Mousse Magazine; Bakhtiyar and Frontier Craft Lager.

Nina Beier (b. 1975, Aarhus, Denmark; lives in London) graduated from the Royal College of Art, London (2004). She has recently exhibited her work in solo exhibitions at Mostyn, Llandudno (2014); Nottingham Contemporary (2014); Glasgow Sculpture Studios (2013); as well as in group exhibitions at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2014); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2013); Museion Bozen, Bolzano (2012); The Artist’s Institute, New York (2012); KW Institute For Contemporary Art, Berlin (2012); and Tate Modern, London (2012).

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  • Nina Beier, Scheme, 2014. Courtesy Croy Nielsen, Berlin. Photo: Matthew Booth
    1/20Nina Beier, Scheme, 2014. Courtesy Croy Nielsen, Berlin. Photo: Matthew Booth
  • Nina Beier, Scheme, 2014. Courtesy Croy Nielsen, Berlin. Photo: Matthew Booth
    2/20Nina Beier, Scheme, 2014. Courtesy Croy Nielsen, Berlin. Photo: Matthew Booth
  • Nina Beier, 'Potato', 'Money' and  'Lou Lou', all 2013. Courtesy Croy Nielsen, Berlin and Standard (Oslo), Oslo. Photo: Matthew Booth
    3/20Nina Beier, 'Potato', 'Money' and 'Lou Lou', all 2013. Courtesy Croy Nielsen, Berlin and Standard (Oslo), Oslo. Photo: Matthew Booth
  • Installation view of Nina Beier at DRAF, 2014. Photo: Tim Ainsworth
    4/20Installation view of Nina Beier at DRAF, 2014. Photo: Tim Ainsworth
  • Nina Beier, Tileables, 2014. Photo: Tim Ainsworth
    5/20Nina Beier, Tileables, 2014. Photo: Tim Ainsworth
  • Nina Beier, Tileables, 2014. Photo: Tim Ainsworth
    6/20Nina Beier, Tileables, 2014. Photo: Tim Ainsworth
  • Nina Beier, 'Ruse Addiction Eruption Plunge', 'Crowd Vision Waste Plunge' and 'Tileables', all 2014. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    7/20Nina Beier, 'Ruse Addiction Eruption Plunge', 'Crowd Vision Waste Plunge' and 'Tileables', all 2014. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Installation view of Nina Beier at DRAF 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth
    8/20Installation view of Nina Beier at DRAF 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth
  • Installation view of 'Nina Beier' at DRAF 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth
    9/20Installation view of 'Nina Beier' at DRAF 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth
  • Nina Beier and Simon Dybbroe Møller, 'Industrial Revolution' (detail), 2013. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Photo: Matthew Booth
    10/20Nina Beier and Simon Dybbroe Møller, 'Industrial Revolution' (detail), 2013. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Photo: Matthew Booth
  • Nina Beier, 'Liquid Assets', 2013. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Photo: Matthew Booth
    11/20Nina Beier, 'Liquid Assets', 2013. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Photo: Matthew Booth
  • Nina Beier, Liquid Assets (detail), 2013. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Photo: 
Matthew Booth
    12/20Nina Beier, Liquid Assets (detail), 2013. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Photo: Matthew Booth
  • Nina Beier, Liquid Assets (detail), 2013. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Photo: 
Matthew Booth
    13/20Nina Beier, Liquid Assets (detail), 2013. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Photo: Matthew Booth
  • Nina Beier, 'Liquid Assets' (detail), and 'Wallet' (detail), both 2013. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Photo: Matthew Booth
    14/20Nina Beier, 'Liquid Assets' (detail), and 'Wallet' (detail), both 2013. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Photo: Matthew Booth
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Nina Beier, Liquid Assets (detail) and Wallet (detail), both 2013. Courtesy Laura Bartlett 
Gallery, London. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    15/20 Nina Beier, Liquid Assets (detail) and Wallet (detail), both 2013. Courtesy Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Installation view of 'Nina Beier' at DRAF 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth
    16/20Installation view of 'Nina Beier' at DRAF 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth
  • Nina Beier, Stand, Formal Problem Business Plunge and Social Dependence Resource 
Plunge, all 2014. Courtesy Standard (Oslo), Oslo and Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. 
Photo: Matthew Booth.
    17/20Nina Beier, Stand, Formal Problem Business Plunge and Social Dependence Resource Plunge, all 2014. Courtesy Standard (Oslo), Oslo and Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Nina Beier, Credit Flow Cuts Plunge, 2014. Courtesy and Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Photo:Matthew Booth
    18/20Nina Beier, Credit Flow Cuts Plunge, 2014. Courtesy and Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Photo:Matthew Booth
  • Nina Beier, 'Flowage', 2013. Courtesy Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    19/20Nina Beier, 'Flowage', 2013. Courtesy Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Nina Beier, Flowage (detail), 2013. Courtesy Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City. Photo: 
Matthew Booth.
    20/20Nina Beier, Flowage (detail), 2013. Courtesy Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City. Photo: Matthew Booth.