The show features five sculptural pieces that engage in an intriguing dialogue with the museum’s interior spaces and surrounding scenery. Kwade drew inspiration from the concrete brutalism of the WeeGee Exhibition Centre and the building’s history as a printing house, particularly the heavy printing machines and giant rolls of paper that once filled the gallery spaces. All the exhibits are monumental, time-based installations that depict movement and metamorphosis while guiding the visitor through the space.
Trans-For–Men (Fibonacci), 2018, reflects on interactions between people and nature, as well as investigating our relationship with nature from a broader, philosophical perspective. The artwork will be added to the Saastamoinen Foundation’s permanent collection.
Shift Slot (Tree), 2018, explores the themes of nature and growth and the nature’s systems, featuring bronze-cast branches and roots that sprout from a copper tree trunk. The tree is systematically divided into eight parts, disrupting its logical and natural order.
The other works in the exhibition touch upon one of the artist’s enduring topics of fascination: the philosophy of time. Kwade’s art delves into the concepts of space, time and matter, raising salient questions regarding the fundamental nature of reality. What makes things what they are – or could everything be totally different?
The exhibition is curated by Marie Nipper (Creator Projects) and EMMA’s Chief Curator Arja Miller.