Alicja Kwade, ‘Getrennte Stunde (separate hour)’, 2014, Galleri Nicolai Wallner
Alicja Kwade, ‘Getrennte Stunde (separate hour)’, 2014, Galleri Nicolai Wallner

About Alicja Kwade

Alicja Kwade’s mixed-media works manipulate mental perceptions and physical experiences of how the body inhabits space and time. Kwade frequently uses imperfect doubling, mirror images, and repetition in her practice. For example, Dimension +1-+9 (2012) and Dimension -1--9 (2012) are a pair of clocks ticking just faster and slower than one second; Nissan (Parallelwelt 1 + 2) (2009) features two Nissan cars as mirror images, including topical scratches. Her common materials include items found in everyday life—like coins, metal pipes, mirrors, glass, lights, and bicycles—that she then distorts to create sensory illusions. The results, sometimes slouching or stretching, can appear anthropomorphic. A recent installation Durchbruch durch Schwäche (Breakthrough Through Weakness) (2011), comprised of over 300 clock weights, was based on the closing sequence of Christopher Nolan’s 2010 film Inception.

Polish, b. 1979, Katowice, Poland, based in Berlin, Germany

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
A Trillionth of a Second, i8 Gallery, Reykjavík
2015
Alicja Kwade 'Nach Osten', TRAFO, Szczecin
2014
Forecasting Horizon, Galleri Nicolai Wallner

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
A Trillionth of a Second, i8 Gallery, Reykjavík
2015
Alicja Kwade 'Nach Osten', TRAFO, Szczecin
2014
Forecasting Horizon, Galleri Nicolai Wallner

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Corridor III: Valdemar Daa, Viborg Kunsthal, Denmark Hill, London, United Kingdom
2015
Spieglein, Spieglein an der Wand, Cultural Avenue, Wiesen
2014
Stadt, Land, Name, Titel, Cultural Avenue, Aschaffenburg
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