Courtesy of the artist and König Galerie Berlin/London

Courtesy of the artist and König Galerie Berlin/London

ALICJA KWADE

 

*1979, Katowice (PL)
Lives and works in Berlin.

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Taxa-Dilation, 2017, 
Jura-Marble, steel, wood, lacquer, three sculptures
130x60x60 cm
Courtesy of the artist and König Galerie Berlin/London

 

 

 

 

 

Her sculpture Taxa-Dilation on view in Circolo artistico e culturale exemplifies a complexity of transformative processes the artist is interested in. For this work, Alicja Kwade scanned an original, approximately 200-million-year-old fossilized ammonite from the collection of Berlin’s Museum of Natural History. The ammonite’s spiral was then digitally separated and manipulated into four new forms – a series of three spiral forms unfolding in three stages and one straightened-out – whose cores were then physically built. Taxa, in biological terms, describes a unity of classification attributed to a group of living organisms according to a set of particularly defined criteria. This classification usually expresses itself by designating a name to this group. The title of the work refers to two of its aspects; it describes both a diversification of types and a more formal process of expansion and dissolution. In the work, a temporal process is captured and itself fossilized; the spirals’ three stages are conceived as a movement, and can be theorized as fossilized forms showing three stages of the evolution of a living organism in its journey to becoming a new species, a process which affects us all.

 
Courtesy of the artist and König Galerie Berlin/London

Courtesy of the artist and König Galerie Berlin/London

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Substance, 2018
stone, stainless steel
157 x 129 x 128 cm
Ed.unique
Courtesy of the artist and König Galerie Berlin/London