Nina Beier, »Crybaby«, 2019
Foot-scrub pumice stone, faux gemstone earrings
Approx. 8 x 7 x 5 cm
Edition of 30 + 5 AP, each unique, signed and numbered on cardboard box
Nina Beier (*1975, Denmark) has developed her own lexicon to negotiate the shifting relationship between objects, representation, and value in our image-saturated world. Juxtaposing and repurposing the languages of advertising, stock photography, and art history, she lets the artwork itself turn into a moving target that flips between image and idea and meme.
In this edition for Spike, Beier has inserted a pair of fake diamond earrings into the holes of a pumice stone. The title of the work, Crybaby, suggests it’s a face, morose even with its sparkling eyes, but at the same time it’s a surrealist image or a conceptual sculpture that makes one wonder about the relationship between its constituent parts: where is it that volcanic lava meets the world of commodity production, geology meets (imitation) jewellery?
Solo shows include Hard Feelings, Museo Taller José Clemente Orozco, Guadalajara (2020) Housebroken, Kunsthal Gent, Ghent Belgium (2019), and European Interiors, Spike Island, Bristol (2018). Nina Beier lives in Copenhagen.
Read Nina Beier’s Artist’s Favourites in Issue #48, available here.