28 September 2016 – 25 June 2017
★★★★ “visually stunning”
Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade’s commission Medium Median explores our relationship to space and time.
A 21st century mobile, featuring twenty-four electronic star charts, revolves at the centre of the installation. Slowly orbiting each other in a three-dimensional composition, the devices evoke kinetic sculpture and occasionally align in the formation of the constellation Cassiopeia.
As the sky charts receive information from GPS satellites showing the current locations of stars, they also vocalise in unison a reading of passages from Genesis. Directly connected to the universe, the screens become windows into a starry Milky Way, positioning the viewer at the centre.
Surrounding the mobile, Kwade (b.1979, Katowice, Poland) has placed several large bronze casts reminiscent of Modernist sculpture. Their biomorphic shapes are echoed in the artist’s projection of an ambiguous mass rotating in a black void.
Thu 15 Jun 2017, 7pm | £9.50/7.50 concs
Eisler Curator Daniel F. Herrmann discusses influences on Alicja Kwade’s work, including the biomorphic modernism of artists such as Henry Moore, Francis Bacon and Graham Sutherland.
Generously supported by:
The Whitechapel Gallery Commissioning Council
Füsun and Faruk Eczacibasi
r/e collection and projects
and those who wish to remain anonymous
With additional support from:
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and Culture.pl
303 Gallery, New York
galerie kamel mennour
Polish Cultural Institute in London
See the press release