Antoine Catala

安托万·卡塔拉

Antibody

Antoine Catala   Antibody

source: 179canal

“I was born into a world ruled by TV. But today, TV as we knew it is dying: it is no longer the overly dominating medium it once was.

So it seems fitting to start the prelude to the eulogy. I open it with the retinal impression that TV has left on me, the sounds it has imprinted into my mind. Not the TV of the good old days, but the TV of now, the familiar companion to our day-to-day lives.

This show is about the TV stream that we live in and how it permeates our brains. In order to take a closer look at this stream, I attempt to “solidify” it, by either focusing on a moment, an image or spatial structure.

I recompose the TV stream in four ways: a 12 feet high drawing of TV Doodles, an architectural model of a TV set based on real-time observation, a painted HD TV screen and 2 massive TV Blobs, projected trompe l’œil shapes spinning in the exhibition space.

TV is like a collective dream, a dream filled with fears and desires. Today I act as a filter to the TV stream, and in a last gasp, I merge my own consciousness to this collective one.”

Antoine Catala is an artist and curator whose work has been shown in galleries in Berlin, Bordeaux, Chicago, LA, London, Mexico City, Munich, New York and Toulouse; in museums such as Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (Paris), Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh) and PICA (Portland). He has curated exhibitions at Taxter and Spengemann (New York), Galerie Christine Mayer (Munich) and Burger King, Ltd. (London). TV SHOW is the artist’s first solo show.
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source: halfdozengallery

French born, New York-based artist Antoine Catala first began experimenting with digital artifacts in 2003, through a technique that intentionally causes compression errors in digital video, which often plague satellite television, streaming internet videos and other digital environments. In his 2008 video installation, Couple in a Garden, a young couple stands in front of a wall covered in foliage, as the camera pans and zooms digital compression errors create streaks of distortions and color. The dissonance of the video’s music, composed by Olivier Alary, further heightens the disconnect between the figures and their environment.

Catala’s artwork has been shown in numerous national and international venues including, 179 Canal, New York; Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago; Mountain Fold, New York; Gallerie Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux, France; Café Gallery Projects, London; Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles; Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, and in museums such as Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France; Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and PICA, Portland. In addition to making artwork, Catala has curated exhibitions at Taxter and Spengemann, New York; Galerie Christine Mayer, Munich; and Burger King, Ltd., London. He received his BA in Fine Art from London Guildhall University in 2001 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
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source: 2013labiennaledelyon

Né en 1975 à Toulouse (France).
Vit et travaille à New York (États-Unis).

Antoine Catala répond à la très haute technicité des médias numériques actuels en s’aidant du lo-fi et de l’analogique. Parsemées d’humour et de jeux de mots qui dissimulent souvent une certaine gravité, ses œuvres s’enchaînent dans une continuité à la fois matérielle et conceptuelle et s’appuient aussi bien sur l’esthétique du projet de sciences que sur la sémiotique.