Looking In: Katharina Marszewski’s ‘All Eyez Inn’ at l’étrangère

With her latest exhibition, ‘All Eyez Inn,’ opening tonight at l’étrangére, Polish-born artist, Katharina Marszewski, seeks to highlight what she considers to be an absolutely integral condition of our humanity: the act of looking in.

Through work that incorporates sculpture, screen printing and photography, Katharina has created an installation showcasing our contemporary reality, which melds together the past, present and future.

4. Katharina Marszewski, Here Comes the Intuition, 2015 © Katharina Marszewski. Courtesy the artist and l’étrangère.jpg
Katharina Marszewski, Here Comes Intuition, 2015 c. Katharina Marszewski. Courtesy of the artist and l’etrangere.

The artist’s process begins by defining her own surroundings through intense observation. This is followed by carefully figuring out her individual place within these surroundings. In this way, Katharina makes art that does not simply follow an egocentric artistic vision, but rather requires true examination and analysis, working from the outside in. This is visible in her layering — image and text overlap, medias combine etc.

2. Katharina Marszewski, Screen in Mechanical Bluish, 2015 © Katharina Marszewski. Courtesy the artist and l’étrangère.jpg
Katharina Marszewski, Screen in Mechanical Bluish, 2015 c. Katharina Marszewski. Courtesy of the artist and l’etrangere.

The work on view in ‘All Eyez Inn‘ stems from Katharina’s vision that an artist is in fact both a strategist and a utopian business woman. Communication is key, as witnessed by the sculpture on view in the back gallery; heart-shaped metal plates connected by telephone wire remind one of an old school switch board of sorts and seem to become the center of communication for the exhibition itself. The sculpture is also reminiscent of the boundaries used at events to draw a divider between the public and the VIP; their tangled state illustrating that there are no boundaries here. We are all one.

5. Katharina Marszewski, Spiralo Justice, 2015 © Katharina Marszewski. Courtesy the artist and l’étrangère.jpg
Katharina Marszewski, Spiralo Justice, 2015 c. Katharina Marszewski. Courtesy of the artist and l’etrangere.

If the title of the exhibition is a call to action, a call to look within, this show certainly makes it easy.

– India Irving

Katharina Marszewski ‘All Eyez Inn‘ will be on view at l’étrangére from 9th December, 2015 – 23rd January 2016; Private View: 8th December, 2015 6:30-8:30PM; General Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11AM – 6PM; Admission: FREE

 

 

 

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