stone, aluminium, mirror, powder coated stainless steel, bronze patinated
height 250 cm / 98 1/2 in., diameter 290 cm / 114 1/4 in.
Alicja Kwade's works, mostly sculptural or installations, are a complex game played with perception, the memory of what is already known and cited in her works and the conventions of perception - what value, level of communication and significance do the individual components of perceived reality have? According to Kwade's analysis, this mostly depends on the learned ordering criteria and hierarchies that the respective viewer brings with him. Kwade is concerned with the question of actual reality and its evaluation and classification in her works. These usually provide the answer that the ultimate substance of what is perceived is not enough, as it is also subject to interpretation, mostly unconscious, thus changing the result of the respective individual perception. Alicja Kwade therefore often works with the mechanism of alienation, as in her work "Absorption (Dolomite)". Three wing walls mirrored on both sides create three spatial segments in public space, in each of which a boulder has found its place. However, this is only apparently the case: only one of the three boulders is actually a dolomite rock mentioned in the title. The other two, immediately distinguishable from natural stone in their colouring but not in their external form, are artefacts, which in this way also address the old artistic problem of imitating nature.