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Sense of Precision: Art by Alicja Kwade

A photo of a sculpture made with mirrors and raw woodLight Transfer of Nature, mirrors, copper, wood

Alicja Kwade is an installation artist whose works often combine heavily processed and raw natural materials. Kwade’s works in installation and sculpture tend to produced with a mathematical, geometric sense of precision.

A work made from chunks of petrified woodGegenwartsdauer, petrified palm trunks varying in size from 250cm to the size of a grain of sand

I really like the tension between this level of straight-edged precision in Kwade’s works, and the inherent imperfection of many of her chosen objects. Stones, chunks of raw wood, and other natural objects provide focal points for constructions of mirrored glass and metal that are based on right angles and exacting specifications. Many of Kwade’s works deal with subjective ideas of space and time – a physical angle that reminds me of work by artists like Amarie Bergman, or Ryoji Ikeda.


In many cases these seemingly disparate materials intersect directly, borrowing aesthetic elements from each other to create a new type of composition – for example, in one work, a series of rough stones is arranged in a well-organized grid, and reproduced as a print within a gallery space.

An image of a work with a circle of speakersNACHBILD, 12 speakers positioned around a brass ring

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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