• Time is an Arrow, Error
  • Katja Mater
    16 October – 21 November 2020
  • Press release

    The works in the exhibition Time is an Arrow, Error consists of 24 of 79 clocklike images, made in the period from March to May 2020.

    Time often seems impatient and asks us to accelerate — His watch pushes the White Rabbit around, who in turn pushes Alice around. Rush; our hallucinatory friend that always keeps us busy and protects us from feeling bored or lonely.

    Clocks themselves are also always busy, always doing something; they tap, tik, growl, squeak, hum, hit, blink and point. But in essence, no clock can measure time by themselves, alone. It is always necessary to compare one clock to another clock. In this way all clocks are connected.

    Two clock-faces are staring at each other
    They are two sides of one thing, as different as they are the same
    They move as two bodies revolving around each other, into a tender embrace
    A kiss, made of time, in time
    Mirrored shapeshifters, their hour-numbers climbing on each other’s shoulders
    Running up against the limits of their usefulness, clocklikeness

         1 becomes 4,                                          1 becomes 2                                                     
         2 becomes 3,                                       9 and 10 become 3,                                                  
        9 becomes 12,                                     1 becomes 0 from 10,                                                 
       11 becomes 10,                                        4 becomes 8.                                                
         5 becomes 8,                                                                                                                                    
         6 becomes 7.                                                                                                              


    Katja Mater (1979) studied at the Rietveld Academy (2003) and subsequently at De Ateliers (2005) in Amsterdam. Residencies include: Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (2006), LMCC New York (USA), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (2011), WIELS (2014), and Maison Van Doesburg (2017). Her work has been exhibited internationally in institutions such as De Vleeshal (NL), La Casa Encendida (ES), Temporary Gallery (DE), AMOA- Arthouse (USA), Fotogalleriet (NO), Marres (NL), Bonnefantenmuseum (NL), Kiosk (BE), Centraal Museum (NL), Marta Herford (DE), and P/////AKT (NL).

    The publication Time is an Arrow, Error will be launched Saturday 14 November at Galerie Martin van Zomeren.

    You can pre-order the book HERE

    Special thanks to André Avelãs and Jessica Gysel.