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“Requiem: Aching for Acker” solo show by Aline Mare


“Requiem: Aching for Acker” – Aline Mare’s solo exhibition of new photo-based, hand-finished works interprets literary iconoclast Kathy Acker’s final writing, in which Acker filters her cancer diagnosis through Greek mythology. The show opens Sunday May 6 with a reception from 5-7PM at the Mike Kelley Gallery at Beyond Baroque. There is also an artist talk scheduled for Saturday, May 19 at 2PM, with Los Angeles-based writer and artist Gary Brewer moderating.

“Bloody Glove” by Aline Mare

Mare first met Acker in NYC in the 1970s and they remained friends on and off for decades; she was among those closest to her when she passed in 1997. After author Chris Kraus (I Love Dick) interviewed her for After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography (2017), Mare was inspired to engage with Acker as a subject. In these multimedia pieces, Mare uses imagery and elements – including actual artifacts of Acker’s – that infuse the series with magic and myth as she explores the universality of confronting mortality.

“Scarred with Feathers” by Aline Mare

In her artist statement, Aline writes, “I was looking for a vision to match the feelings: the loss and the power I felt reading this final piece. Something that would remind the world of her power as a creative female force of nature – her self-mythologizing a form of empowerment and vulnerability: to marry the past and present in a rich body of work that speaks to the universality of the path we must all take: the path to the underworld.”

Mare sent several images from the series to Chris Kraus after reading After Kathy Acker. Kraus responded, “There’s nothing better than to see my book as an instigator for other work. The glove image you sent is harrowing…it feels like the real thing, and suggests all kinds of unspoken suffering. I can’t stop thinking about what Kathy would make of all this, our extrapolations from her life and her work.”

The Mike Kelley Gallery at Beyond Baroque is located at 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA, 90291. Gallery hours to view exhibition are: Friday – Saturday, 3-7PM; Sunday, 2-7PM; and by appointment.

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