In Time & Space – Sculptures and Installations by Alicja Kwade

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Recently the work of Polish-German contemporary visual artist Alicja Kwade has captured my attention. I was especially intrigued by her ability to break down complex structures into simple and comprehensible visual and physical experiences.

Today’s focus is her sculptures and installations, particularly her installation at the Langen Foundation in Germany designed by Tadao Ando. Kwade has offset this man-made structure with natural objects making it easy to experience how nature intertwines with our surroundings.

The ‘MatterMotion’ piece is a metal sculpture of geometric composition that has staged rock formations placed in-between as if they are suspended in motion. My favourite though is ‘Die Menge des Moments’ that features small to large spherical stones leading up a stairway with a wooden blockade at the top.

As you are forced to walk up and down there’s a contemplation of the meaning of these rocks and the scale that gets larger and more intense. Not just challenging time and space, but also the structures of our reality and the society that we live in.

Definitely, there are some thought-provoking ideas in these works, which are achieved with overall simplicity in concept. A real feat by Alicja Kwade.

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