Artery is the first institutional solo exhibition in London by Allison Katz (b. 1980 Montreal, Canada). Comprising over 20 paintings, most made over the last 18 months, as well as hand-painted ceramics and a new group of posters, it explores Katz’s long-standing relationship to questions of identity and expression, selfhood and voice; themes she has addressed in her work for more than a decade.
Attending to the idiosyncratic and eccentric, to personal mythologies and embodied experience, Katz treats her own biography as source material, as well as drawing from dream objects, art historical references, and the texture of everyday life. Her exhibition unfolds through a series of biographical anecdotes and moments of synchronicity, opening the world up to a game of allusions, double entendre, slips and wordplay.
In Katz’s work, the viewer is compelled to seek out connecting lines running through the apparently disparate subject matter; associations, and conversations that must be imagined and elaborated in order to complete the circuit. The world the artist seeks to give form to is one where chance gives access to poetic order inside life’s apparent chaos; where one’s own subjectivity and experience collides with the universality of the world, to be read as a route into that which cannot be seen. A painting of an elevator is installed on the other side of the building’s real lift-shaft, a trompe-l’oeil aperture into a hidden space; a painting of a cock crossing the road literally crosses two freestanding walls; a crowd of open mouths stare outwards, an allusion perhaps to painting from the position of language, or the gut; while a series of still- life ‘portraits’ of humble cabbages – an ongoing series since 2013 – are displayed as a group together here for the first time, their ‘head’ and ‘heart’ and ‘arteries’ analogous to the features of the shadowy, absent sitter.
Elsewhere Katz’s exploration of the artist’s ‘signature’ touch is playfully re-evaluated through self-portraits both literal and metaphysical. Shifting combinations of her own name are threaded throughout her work as a slogan (‘All ls On’), an alias (‘AKA’) and a ‘MASK’ (Ms. Allison Sarah Katz); and the sense of touch (and its prohibition) is heightened by her use of applied textures such as sand, rice, and iridescent pigments including copper and crushed steel. For Katz, surface is depth. The posters in the Central Space announce the exhibition and its duration, presenting it in its temporal totality as another kind of object or event. Posters are an important and long- standing part of the artist’s practice. For Katz, to make art is to become an artery. The title of the exhibition refers to the arteries of the body, which circulate through the heart, as well as alluding to roads, rivers, systems of transportation and more tangential networks of communication, meaning, and connection, as well as our inner drives and psyches. The architecture and choreography of the exhibition design itself is an integral part of her work. Staged encounters, bespoke walls, inner rooms and long views: all are central to the experience and meaning that Katz builds across the discrete and varied works in the show.
艾莉森·卡茨 Allison Katz
近期个展：“Artery”， Camden艺术中心，伦敦，英国（2022）；“Allison Katz: Artery”，诺丁汉当代艺术中心，诺丁汉，英国（2021）；“Monograph & Graphics”，Gio Marconi，米兰，意大利（2020）；“Traforati 2019”，Torre Bonomo，斯波莱托，意大利（2019）；“Diary w/o Dates”，奥克维尔画廊，奥克维尔，加拿大（2018）；麻省理工大学List艺术中心，剑桥，英国（2018）；“fig-futures 1/16”，Grundy 艺术画廊，布莱克浦，英国（2018）；“Muse with a Short Fuse”，天线空间，上海（2018）；“Period”，Gio Marconi，米兰，意大利（2018）；“Poster”，Billedrommet，滕斯贝格，挪威（2017）；“AKA”，Gió Marconi，米兰，意大利（2016）；“We boil at different degrees”，The Approach，伦敦，英国（2016）；“All Is On”， 弗莱堡艺术协会，弗莱堡，德国（2015）。
部分群展：“第59届威尼斯双年展：梦想之乳”，双年展花园Giardini展区，威尼斯，意大利（2022）；“Mixing It Up: Painting Today”，海沃德画廊，伦敦，英国（2021）；“众妙之家”，天线空间，上海（2021）；“The Imaginary Sea”，Fondation Carmignac，波克罗勒岛，法国（2021）；“Plus One”，Luhring Augustine，纽约，美国（2021）；“Palama”，MANIFESTA 13，马赛，法国（2020）；“This Corrosion”，现代艺术，伦敦，英国（2020）；“Slow Painting”，由海沃德画廊组织，利兹画廊和莱温斯基画廊等共同呈现，英国（2019-2020）；“Artists I Steal From”，Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery，伦敦，英国（2019）；“MASKULINITATEN”，波恩艺术协会，伯恩，德国（2019）；“以梦为路”，宝龙美术馆，上海 （2019）；“City Prince/sess”，东京宫，巴黎，法国（2019）;“Paint，also known as Blood: Women, Affect and Desire in Contemporary Painting”，现代艺术美术馆，华沙，波兰（2019）；“The Lulennial II: A Low-Hanging Fruit”，墨西哥城，墨西哥（2018）；“Nightfall”，Mendes Wood，布鲁塞尔，比利时（2018）；“Nothing Will Be As Before”，Tanya Leighton，柏林，德国（2018）；“The Rest”，里森画廊，纽约，美国（2018）；“Splendor Solis”，The Approach，伦敦，英国（2018）；“All Day Breakfast”，雷丁国际，雷丁，英国（2017）；“I go, you go, good to go”，Unclebrother，纽约，美国（2017）; “Sputterances”，Metro Pictures，纽约，美国（2017）；“Teenscape”，SCHLOSS，奥斯陆，挪威（2017）；“That Continuous Thing: Artists and the Ceramics Studio, 1920–Today”，泰特街，伊福思街，英国（2017）等。
Allison Katz (b. 1980, Montreal) currently lives and works in London. She received her BFA from the Concordia University in 2002 and her MFA from the Columbia University in 2008.
Allison Katz’s work engages with the complex and at times contradictory nature of contemporary artistic production, embracing the ambiguity of communication with a playful and inquiring touch that expands the conventional notion of an artist’s “signature style.” Katz’s work operates in a poetic space between mirror and mask, between revealing and concealing what is presented, calling attention to the multiple layers of consciousness that reside in a painting’s surface and subject.
Selected solo exhibitions: Artery, Camden Art Center, London, UK (2022); Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK (2021); Monograph & Graphics, Gio Marconi, Milan, Italy (2020); Traforati 2019, Torre Bonomo, Spoleto, Italy (2019); Diary w/o Dates, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada (2018); MIT List Center for the Arts, Cambridge, UK (2018); fig-futures 1/16, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK (2018); Muse with a Short Fuse, Antenna Space, Shanghai, China (2018); Period, Gio Marconi, Milan, Italy (2018); Poster, Billedrommet, Tønsberg, Norway (2017); AKA, Gió Marconi, Milan, Italy (2016); We boil at different degrees, The Approach, London, UK (2016); All Is On, Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany (2015).
Selected group exhibitions: The 59th Venice Biennale: The Milk of Dreams, Giardini della Biennale, Venice, Italy (2022); Mixing It Up: Painting Today, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2021); House of Perception, Antenna Space, Shanghai, China (2021); The Imaginary Sea, Fondation Carmignac, Porquerolles, France (2021); Plus One, Luhring Augustine, New York, USA (2021); Palama, MANIFESTA 13, Marseille, France (2020); This Corrosion, Modern Art London, London, UK (2020); Slow Painting, organized by Hayward Touring, presented at Leeds Art Gallery and The Levinsky Gallery and among others, UK (2019-2020); Artists I Steal From, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London, UK (2019); MASKULINITATEN, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany (2019); One if By Land, Powerlong Museum, Shanghai, China (2019); City Prince/sess, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2019); Paint, also known as Blood: Women, Affect and Desire in Contemporary Painting, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland (2019); The Lulennial II: A Low-Hanging Fruit, Mexico City, Mexico (2018); Nightfall, Mendes Wood, Brussels, Belgium (2018); Nothing Will Be As Before, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany (2018); The Rest, Lisson Gallery, New York, US (2018); Splendor Solis, The Approach, London, UK (2018); All Day Breakfast, Reading International at Munchees, Reading, UK (2017); I go, you go, good to go, Unclebrother, New York, US (2017); Sputterances, Metro Pictures, New York, US (2017); Teenscape, Schloss, Oslo, Norway (2017); That Continuous Thing: Artists and the Ceramics Studio, 1920–Today, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, UK (2017) among others.