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Where Monday is on Sunday

11-18 November 2011

 


 
Johann König

Alicja Kwade, Parallelwelt, 2010, Kaiser-Idell lamps, two mirrors, 83x45x45, unique. Photo : Roman März. Courtesy Johann König, Berlin

Johann König

Alicja Kwade

Do we see it for what is it, or for what we think it is? Can we trust our beliefs? Such are the questions that arise when viewing the works of artist Alicja Kwade – a body of work that incorporates a vast spectrum of artistic media. Sculpture, installation, photography and video are all included, as well as a wide variety of materials, such as gold, mirrors, antique furnishings, clocks and lamps. In Kwade’s work, reality no longer seems secure, but rather a collection of convertible options. In ‘Bordsteinjuwelen’, stones found on the street are cut like diamonds and thus transformed into glistening ‘sidewalk jewels’; we encounter a silver tray or a metal sheet that appears to have been broken into innumerable shards like a pane of glass; carbon and gold are conflated, confusing the value and meaning of each; The glass front of an old mechanical clock is mirrored, so oneself and the surrounding space is on display, standing in as the image of time passing; wooden poles laconically leaning against a wall, are bent by a secret force of gravity; and accidental moments are doubled, mirrored, confusing accidents with intentionality. Often composed of everyday items, Alicja Kwade’s works explore and question subjects like economic systems and powers (coal/gold), social agreements on the value and authenticity of objects, and philosophical notions about the character of time, the structure of reality, and the meaning of history. Kwade’s interest lies in the human impulse to search for your origin and the essence of things, and in so doing, the ability to believe in physics and magic at the same time.


Alicja Kwade (b. 1979), lives and works in Berlin.