‘Westward Ho!,’ a solo exhibition by renowned artist Allison Katz, has graced the walls of Hauser & Wirth West Hollywood this winter. This week marks the final opportunity to experience the collection of new paintings. The show concludes in WeHo this Saturday, January 20.
The exhibition draws inspiration from Katz’s diverse experiences, including the recent residency at Hauser & Wirth Somerset and visits to Pompeii. ‘Westward Ho!’ becomes a cosmic exploration where disparate images and narratives from visual culture, personal history, and chance converge. The title, a nod to West Hollywood, invites viewers to engage with the cultural mythologies associated with Hollywood.
Katz’s paintings, marked by surface materiality, word play, and humor, reflect her curiosity about the ways images construct meaning. The exhibition features interventions in the gallery’s architecture, with depictions of frames referencing the building’s features. Notable works include ‘Sheepish,’ where California and Somerset collide, and ‘Responding,’ a triptych embodying Katz’s interest in perspectives and the boundlessness of painting.
Roads and walking serve as active metaphors, illustrating the confluence of rootedness and the perpetual transit of thought. ‘Eternity’ and ‘Catwalk’ delve into existential themes, while ‘Truth’ features Katz’s grandmother contemplating Giacometti’s ‘Walking Man,’ emphasizing the existential need for motion.
The exhibition also reflects Katz’s ongoing exploration of language as image, with her own initials recurring in various works. Likenesses of her image complicate traditional narratives associated with femininity, offering a glimpse into the fictional selves comprising her autobiography.
In an environmentally conscious move, part of the exhibition was shipped by sea, resulting in a significant carbon savings compared to air transport. The artist’s commitment to sustainability aligns with the broader themes of interconnectedness and transformation explored in ‘Westward Ho!’
Allison Katz, born in Montreal in 1980 and currently based in London, has garnered critical acclaim for her previous exhibitions, including ‘Artery’ in the UK and her participation in the Venice Biennale. ‘Westward Ho!’ marks a significant milestone in Katz’s artistic journey, inviting viewers to join a visual conversation that transcends time and tradition.
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