AKA, Allison Katz’s first solo show at Giò Marconi, Milan, is a postscript to All Is On, the title of Katz’s exhibition at Freiburg Kunstverein opened last September, to which the Milan show is intimately connected. At Giò Marconi several paintings from Freiburg are featured with a new series of works, specifically produced for this exhibition. The term “AKA” (also known as) introduces pseudonyms, aliases, nicknames; it also refers to the artist’s initials with an extra A. Words’ associations play an essential role in Katz’s work: the artist inspects the gap between words and images, and overturns the conventions between language and visual presentation. AKA – as a palindrome word – introduces the architecture of the site-specific project on show at the gallery. The abbreviation insinuates the back and forth of the triangle shaped walls installed in the gallery; the exhibition space is structured as a two-way route that can be read both forward and backward. Besides the paintings several posters are on display at the entrance of the gallery; here the artist reinvents the most iconic images of her paintings, adding a pop component and a vintage design. The works on display include Brain (2016), I (2015), IOU (2016), Double Hunger (2015), Anyone with the wish (2015), Marienbad Fountain Off (2016), Cave (2014) and Guts (2016).
Allison Katz is the cover artist of CURA. No. 20 issue.
AKA by Allison Katz
Giò Marconi, Milan
Through March 19