KARI ALTMANN - XOMIA, ELLIS KING

Installation view, Xomia, Ellis King

Installation view, Xomia, Ellis King

Installation view, Xomia, Ellis King

Installation view, Xomia, Ellis King

Installation view, Xomia, Ellis King

Installation view, Xomia, Ellis King

Installation view, Xomia, Ellis King

Installation view, Xomia, Ellis King

Ellis King in Dublin is now exhibiting Kari Altmann’s first solo exhibition in europe titled Xomia (return home, realflow, all terrain).

To start, you doubt whether kari altmann is a real person.
But at what point do you declare a word is a real word?
Discovering her work online many years ago, I became immersed in a series of viral tumblrs, hashtags, content flows, music videos, soundcloud accounts, title tags and hyper-adept art gallery documentation, tied together by a constantly evolving and carefully edited website. The avatar was a structure, never reducible to a single image.
Each gesture is an illustration of a practice;
Each word a screenshot of a language.
Many artists use their websites as project archives, hers performs as a portal to live, daily updated flows which she carves through different strata of cultural materials, many of which she also produces herself.
(meta=micro. works=workflows, and vice versa.)
I hesitate at this text’s opening as I write it, having just spent an afternoon chatting with her next to her open laptop by a canal in northeast london. But I recognise it as a gesture of awe + quiet gratitude towards the cultivation of an extensive art practice, through cell culture to cell phone culture, through intimate imaging structures to structures at large. There’s a connection and a difference between something on a meta level and something printed out in front of you, and this is what her exhibitions capture. practices are legitimized as new formats. Textures, turns, terrains become all.
Your friend ssaleikha just posted a new photo on zorpia!
Where were you when you returned home?

- Harry Burke

Kari Altmann - Xomia (return Home, realflow, all terrain.)
Ellis King, March 27 - May 2
www.ellisking.net