Against the Run
Public Art Fund, New York, 2015

AGAINST THE RUN, 2015

Aluminum Electric Time Company Large Two Dial Howard Replica Post Clock, LED's, custom clock movements and control equipment
419.1 x 132.1 x 55.2 cm

AGAINST THE RUN, 2015

Aluminum Electric Time Company Large Two Dial Howard Replica Post Clock, LED's, custom clock movements and control equipment
419.1 x 132.1 x 55.2 cm

AGAINST THE RUN, 2015

Aluminum Electric Time Company Large Two Dial Howard Replica Post Clock, LED's, custom clock movements and control equipment
419.1 x 132.1 x 55.2 cm

AGAINST THE RUN, 2015

Aluminum Electric Time Company Large Two Dial Howard Replica Post Clock, LED's, custom clock movements and control equipment
419.1 x 132.1 x 55.2 cm

AGAINST THE RUN

In Against the Run, Alicja Kwade has created a clock that tells the correct time, but does so in a way that confounds expectations. Adapting a nineteenth-century design that we might typically see in New York City, the artist has reversed the conventional mechanism. The face of the clock rotates backwards while the second hand appears to stand still, pointing vertically at all times. Our understanding of how a clock should run is second nature, making this variation almost impossible to read, even as it continues to tell the right time. Kwade’s whimsical clock captures her interest in the systems we invent to make sense of our lives and the world. In doing so, it prompts us to see “reality” from a new perspective.