Allison Katz
b.1980, Montreal, Canada

Allison Katz, 'Arsi-Versi (Nose-side)', 2014-15. Glazed ceramic, dimensions variable, ea. approx. 12 x 8 cm

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Image: Arsi-Versi (Nose-side), 2014-15. Glazed ceramic, dimensions variable, ea. approx. 12 x 8 cm.

Allison Katz is a painter who works also in ceramics, sculpture and installation. Her work often explores playful or humourous linkages between text and image whilst her subjects evolve from intimate life experiences or memories and often have a diaristic quality.

In an interview with The White Review she said: “I think I paint like I write, that is, I build around quotes, which is a conversation, in effect. It’s a way to bring the world in, as much as it is about getting an inner world out. Painting is for me one of the only actions where this interface exists.”

Recently she has been making and using ceramics within the context of her painting. During her residency in Spoleto she will make use of the kiln at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios and she will be in a unique position to absorb the histories of ceramics particular to Umbria – for example at the important centres of Deruta and Gubbio. Katz has expressed an interest in bringing both the craft history of ceramics as well as its visceral, material qualities to her concerns in contemporary painting. In Deruta she will be able to  study and make work with artisans at La Gioconda, who make traditional wares and have also collaborated with artists such as Sol LeWitt and Boetti.

Katz studied for her BFA at Concordia University. She moved to New York and in 2008 gained an MFA from Columbia University. Katz has lived in London since 2013.

Her solo exhibitions in 2016-17 are: All Is On, Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany; AKA, Gió Marconi, Milan; We boil at different degrees, The Approach, London; week 47/50 fig-2, ICA Studio, London. Solo exhibitions 2013-14 include Adele, Piper Keys, London and Regardless, Laura Bartlett, London. Collaborations include an ongoing project with DAS INSTITUT that was presented in stages within DAS INSTITUT, The Serpentine Sackler Gallery (2016). In 2017 she is exhibiting in That continuous thing: Artists and the Ceramics Studio 1920 – Today, Tate St. Ives Cornwall. Group exhibitions include The Violet Crab, David Roberts Art Foundation, London. She is currently on the faculty at the Slade and since 2015 has been a visiting artist or lecturer at, amongst others, the Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths and Newcastle University.