Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Nuptials

Nuptials, 2018
Glazed ceramic
Diameter: 29.5 cm

Oology

Oology, 2018
Glazed ceramic and enamel
Diameter: 39.5 cm

The 4 Seasons

The 4 Seasons , 2018
Glazed ceramic
Diameter: 39.5 cm

The 4 Seasons (detail)

The 4 Seasons (detail), 2018
Glazed ceramic
Diameter: 39.5 cm

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

All Is On

All Is On, 2018
Glazed ceramic
Diameter: 29.5 cm

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Germinal

Germinal, 2017
Glazed ceramic
Diameter: 29.5 cm

Deruta

Deruta, 2017
Glazed ceramic
Diameter: ca. 39.5 cm

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Nippy # 1

Nippy # 1, 2018
Glazed ceramic
Diameter: 34.5 cm

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Slippy # 2

Slippy # 2, 2018
Glazed ceramic
Diameter: 34.5 cm

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

Installation view: Allison Katz, Gió Marconi, 2018

AllisonKATZ

Period

25.09. - 08.11.2018

Opening: Tuesday, September 25th 2018, from 7pm to 9pm
From September 26th till November 8th
From Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 7pm

 

Period is a cycle of new ceramic plates, arranged in formations. The works were started in the summer of 2017 in Spoleto, Italy, while on residence at the Mahler–LeWitt Studios. They were guided by the poetic names of the commercial glazes I purchased at Mondo della Ceramica in nearby Deruta, a town long associated with Renaissance maiolica production: Dragon’s Breath, Obsidian, Black Opal, Alligator, Citrus Splash, Cobblestone, Firecracker, Royal Fantasy, Woodland Fantasy, Masquerade, Kaleidoscope, Sea Wind, Northern Lights, Mystic Jade, Black Iris, Irish Luck, Tortoise Shell, Polished Armour… ready-made meaning.

The attraction to glazing plates is entirely based on not knowing the end result. There are few activities in which painting can be so chance-based; in which heat is half the battle. The glazes go on in colours and textures entirely different to how they will end up; the elemental force of volcanic temperatures wreak their aesthetic havoc. Small crystal rocks embedded in the gunk chemically transform and imitate the effects of thousands of years of deep time – geology, mineraloids, the lithosphere, evolution – as well as more contemporary synthetics – plastic, candy, tie-dye, cake batter and glitter. What emerges often challenges my expectations and taste.

The circle has long been the shape of progress, war and currency (wheels, shields, and coins), as well as the basic platform for nourishment at home. The subject of a rectangular painting, when forced into a tondo, becomes an eternal return, both a commemorative and predictive plaque. A period has the authority to end a sentence.

(Allison Katz)

 

Allison Katz (b. Montreal, Canada, 1980), lives and works in London.

Most recent solo exhibitions: Diary w/o Dates, Oakville Galleries, Oakville; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston (2018); Fig-Futures, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool (2018); Posters, Billedrommet, Tønsberg (2017); We boil at different degrees, The Approach, London (2016); AKA, Gió Marconi, Milan (2016); All Is On, Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg (2015); fig-2 47/50 Allison Katz, ICA Studio, London (2015).

Recent group exhibitions: Sputterances, Metro Pictures, New York, USA (2017); That Continuous Thing: Artists and the Ceramics Studio, 1920–Today, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives (2017); Shelf Paintings in collaboration with Fredrik Vaerslev, All Around Amateur, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen; Le Consortium, Dijon (2016); DAS INSTITUT with Allison Katz in DAS INSTITUT, Serpentine Gallery, London (2016); The Violet Crab, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2015); Yes, We’re Open, Gió Marconi, Milan (2015); Puddle, Pothole, Portal, Sculpture Centre, New York (2014).