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Rodin’s work may include print, photography, sculpture or large-scale installation but the subject always returns to the painterly mark. Painting, with its historical and physical constraints harbours such myriad possibilities that Rodin finds resonances with the complexities of the human brain or the universe. And Painting is taken as matter for scientific study in this practice, much as the brain is the object of study in neuroscience or the universe is the matter of study in astrophysics, two subjects in which Rodin has previously done research and published in.


Tongue-in-cheek, Rodin exploits the absurd, surprising and sometimes beautiful results of applying pseudo-scientific protocols to the making of paintings. Science is ineffectual as an original mode of expression but supplies a rich source of material and methods: numbering, archiving, imaging devices such as microscopes or x-ray viewing boxes, labelling, ordering, systematic analysis. As object of study, painting is both held at arms length as problematic, and indulged in, up close and personal. The process can be cold, calculated and repetitive but deals with a visceral desire for the material. Rodin doesn’t believe in Free Will but celebrates the infinite permutations possible with coloured pigment and binder from which artistic originality continuously emerges. Though she can be cruel in mimicking, copying, sampling, cutting, punching and obliterating both her own marks and those of others, she does so with a quiet confidence in the fundamental and immutable value of Painting, as a vehicle for touch.

 

Born Nina Arnth-Jensen, 7th of October 1972 in Copenhagen. Danish National.
Married with three children, born 2003, 2006 and 2008.

Education
2009-2011
2004-2008
2002-2004
2001-2002
1994-1999
1994
1993
1990-1993
1990
MA Painting, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
BA Painting, Camberwell College, University of the Arts London
Part-time Foundation. Chelsea College of Art & Design
Short courses in illustration and life drawing at Chelsea
D.Phil in Neurophysiology (cellular electrophysiology and imaging), Oxford
Kunsthoejskolen (residential art school), Holbaek, Denmark, spring term.
Classical Art Studies at Scuola Lorenzo de Medici, Florence, 3 months
B.Sc. Physics (honours) Imperial College, London (dissertation in Astrophysics)
French Bacalaureate (sciences), Mention Tres Bien.
Professional Experience
2012-2014
2012-now
2002-2004
1999-2001
1999
Co-founder and director of The Trelex Amazon Residency, Peru
Founder and director of The Trelex Residency, Switzerland
Founded a small web design company, www.pumpkinsoup.net
Postdoctoral Research position, Brain Research Institute, University of Zurich
Taught Neuronal Imaging, Cold Spring Harbour short course
Exhibitions (click here for more details and images from exhibitions)

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Duplicata, solo show and symposium, Rye Creative Centre, Rye, UK
Collaborate!, group show, Oriel Sycarth Gallery, Glyndwr University, Wales, UK
Pretty Peeved, Unit 3 Project Space, Bromley-by-Bow, London, UK
Equivalence, group show (curator), Richmond University, London
'Book art in art practice' Summer Retreat. Co-organised with Estelle Thompson. At The Trelex Residency, Switzerland.
It's very quiet here, group show (as participant and curator), Gowen Contemporary Gallery, Geneva
Taking Stock, solo show, The Trelex Residency, Switzerland
Trelex Arts, group show, Trelex, Switzerland
Variable Control / Control Variable, The Center for Contemporary Art, Baku, Azerbaijan
Making Space, Wobrun Research Centre, UCL, London
Q-Art London, APT Gallery, Deptford, London
Dans cette Maison, Exposition Evenement de Creations Contemporaines, Paris
The Old Methods Room, Slade MA Degree Show, London
Moreover, UCL Art Collections, The Strang Print Room, London
Surplus to Requirements? Woburn Research Centre, UCL, London
Colour, Bedlam Gallery, Brunel University London
Flash, Bang, Wallop - Slade5@Testbed1, London
Black and White Flower Painting, Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals, London
Interim Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London
Transfer: a Slade/Strang Collaboration, Strang Collection, UCL, London
Artists in Residence - 200 years of art and design, Heals Flagship Store, London
Windows Gallery, Canary Wharf, London
Candid Art Fair, Islington
Graduation Show at Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts London
One-night solo show in the Nash Room, ICA, London
Digest This... group show, Red Gate Gallery, London
Mercury Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, The Hospital, London
Digest This..., group show, Menier Gallery, London
Drawing on each other, group show, Nanospace, Centre for Recent Drawing (www.c4rd.org.uk)

Awards
2006
1994-1998
1992
Shortlisted for the Nationwide Mercury Art Prize
Wellcome Trust Prize Student
Erasmus Grant

Commissions

2010 Large-scale installation for the 9th floor boardroom of the University of the Arts London
2009 Large-scale site-specific installation for the reception of the University of the Arts London
Numerous private commissions

Collections

The V&A Museum Archive, London
UCAL Collections (Adelaide campus, Australia)
Strang Print Collection, UCL
Marie Curie Cancer Trust Collection
Private Collections

Press

Retail Theatre: Slade celebrates Heal's at 200

Publications
2008

2002

1993
Art as a process of delimitation: essentialist and non-essentialist approaches, Philosophy in Art (R. Osborne, Ed.) Zidane Press
Cooperation between independent hippocampal synapses is controlled by glutamate uptake, Nature Neurosciecne 5, p. 325-331. Co-authors: D. Jabaudon & M. Scanziani.
Statistics and properties of HII regions in NGC6814 (spiral galaxy), Astronomical Journal 100, Co-authors: J.H. Knapen (1st author), J.Cepa, J.F.Beckman.

Theoretical Interests

Definitions of Art, Free will, Artistic originality, Artistic and Scientific methodologies.

Languages

Fluent: French, English, Danish
Highly proficient: German, Spanish
Basci knowledge: Italian, Portuguese

Contact

nina@ninarodin.com
+41 (0)789 22 72 48


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