All Eyez Inn
9 December 2015 - 23 January 2016
Private view: Tuesday 8 December, 6.30-8.30pm
l’étrangère is delighted to present the first UK solo exhibition of Katharina Marszewski, an installation which incorporates sculpture, screen printing and photography.
Marszewski’s practice begins with an attempt to define her surrounding environment and her individual place amidst its flux. This process-based approach to making subverts the mystical illusion of a singular artistic vision, and instead replaces it with the intense and repetitive action of observing, producing, re-thinking and overlapping of both image and text. Marszewski positions herself as an artist-strategist: a ‘correspondent of events-that-never-were’ who brings together and translates fragments from past, present and future times into a ‘contemporary’ reality within the gallery space.
The show’s title – All Eyez Inn – suggests an act of looking and an essential condition of being in the world. Throughout the exhibition a motif appears in different variations, all the time slipping out of a singular field of vision. It is with this image of two women that the act of looking begins, as these figures also appear to be searching for something. Marszewski’s inflection of this visual motif with her self-titled colour palette – ‘dirty desert rosé’ and ‘mechanical bluish’ – suffuses these images with a heady atmosphere: the pinkish ‘magic hour’ of an L.A. sunset or the glossy metallic sheen of a sun-hit car bonnet. On the opposite wall a photographic work denotes the artist’s ‘visual shelter’: a semiotic lens upon the many actors within the artist’s choreographed stage.
Marszewski’s aesthetic and linguistic repertoire stems from her interest in the artist as both a strategist and a utopian businesswoman. This set of illusions is suggested by the sculpture in the back gallery: a series of heart-shaped metal plates connected by several coiled telephone wires. Both a prop in the artist’s ‘office’ and a potential centre of communication for the exhibition, the work refers to Marszewski’s use of language as a plastic and flexible material in the conflation of personal and administrative aesthetics.
It is these gaps in communication, the condition of being in-between two places, and the meanings that can arise from the repetitive act of speaking, writing, drawing, and printing, which positions the resultant artworks in a constant state of becoming. As the ‘all eyez’ of the title suggests, Marszewski enacts a radical transformation of our collective, lived experience and the plethora of signs, objects, images and dreams that filter through our modern day consciousness.