Titled 'artery' in reference to the blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body, this exhibition is Canadian artist Allison Katz’s first institutional solo show in the UK.
Organised in collaboration with Camden Art Centre, where it will open in January 2022, Artery presents new work by London-based artist Allison Katz. Animated by a sense of humour, Katz’s paintings, ceramics and posters are full of noses and gaping mouths, as well as words that form allusions and puns.
With the title, Katz wants to refer to the flow of things from inside to out. Arteries are inside us, but they also connect us: we use the term 'arterial' to describe highways, subterranean cabling, rail networks and river systems. This exhibition explores these networks and channels, as well as the spaces between inside and outside.
All of the works in the exhibition were made by Katz during the last 18 months, a period of time marked by an ongoing series of national lockdowns, and are both a response to this current moment and an exploration of themes that have been common throughout art history, such as communication, intimacy and connection.