Alicja Kwade
In Circles (12h) (2017)

Brass clock hands on cardboard, in bespoke frame.
26 x 21 cm [10.2 x 8.3 inches].
Edition of 18 works, signed and numbered.

About the work

Alicja Kwade’s edition for the Whitechapel Gallery is comprised of twelve individual brass watch hands, arranged in a circular form around a single point. This exquisitely delicate work resembles a clock face, but one, which reduced to separate parts, has neither chronology or measurement.  

The title In Circles (12h), 2017, refers to the number of hours on a clock face. Time pieces and clock hands recur throughout Kwade’s practice, often altered or estranged from their usual function. The edition also relates to Kwade’s 2012 installation of the same title. In Circles 2012, is assembled from components including wood, copper, brass, glass, aluminium, granite, steel, mirror, bronze, MDF, neon tube and found objects, arranged in circular paths leading into equally distant spaces around the centre.

About the artist

Alicja Kwade’s work often defies the conventional understanding of time and space: concrete columns melt in the sun, bicycles bend around themselves and everyday objects seem to take on a life of their own. From manipulating the mechanical workings of a clock, to creating liquid pools of mirrored glass, Kwade transforms common materials into extraordinary artworks that challenge our perceptions. Her diverse sculptures are inspired by the intangible ways we try to make sense of the modern world, from theories of astrophysics to stock market analysis.

Selected exhibitions

Alicja Kwade’s (b.1979, Katowice, Poland) recent solo exhibition include Sterne, Kosmische Kunst von 1900 bis heute, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria, 2017
YUZ Museum, Shanghai, China, 2017; A Trillionth of a Second, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2017; Sichtbare Unsichtbare Grenzen, Sigmar Polke – Alicja Kwade, Museum Frieder Burda, Salon Berlin, 2017; In Aporie, Kamel Mennour, Paris, 2016; Medium Median, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2016; I Rise Again, Changed But The Same, 303 Gallery, New York, 2016; Alicja Kwade, de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam, 2016; Nach Osten, TRAFO Centre for Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland, 2015; Monolog aus dem 11ten Stock, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, 2015; Against the Run, Public Art Fund, New York
Hectorpreis, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany, 2015; Etwas Abwesendes, dessen Anwesenheit erwartet wurde, König Galerie, Berlin, 2015; Warten auf Gegenwart II, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany, 2015; Die bewegte Leere des Moments (The Void of the Moment in Motion), Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt a.M., 2015.


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