Peep-Hole in Milan and FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims present Antoine Catala Heavy Words, the fifth appointment of the multiyear project Six Ways to Sunday.
Antoine Catala’s work responds to the high technicality of current digital media by incorporating both lo-fi and analog. Filled with humor and a play on words, very often hiding a serious note, his work blends a conceptual reflection with specific work on material, and concentrates both on the esthetic value of scientific projects as he does on the semiotic nature.
Throughout his work, the artist toys with the imperfections of language, the physicality of images and their tactile character, using the notion of accident and technology, the hologram, the 3D printer, morphing.
The Heavy Words exhibition presented at Peep-Hole will bring together for the first time three recent projects conceived as a trilogy: Il était une fois… (2012), produced by FRAC Champagne-Ardenne during the last Lyon Biennial and now part of the FRAC collection; part of the exhibition Image Families shown recently at UKS (Oslo) and at Fridericianum (Kassel) and Abracadabra (2013), shown in Empire State (Rome/Paris, 2013), to which new elements especially produced have been added for the exhibition in Milan.
Curated by Florence Derieux.
The exhibition by Antoine Catala is part of Six Ways to Sunday, a multiyear program with which Peep-Hole devotes one event each year to the collaboration of an international contemporary art institution, temporarily becoming its satellite project room. With Six Ways to Sunday Peep-Hole offers a glimpse of the programming of six international art institutions, which present the most interesting contemporary art research.
Antoine Catala (Toulouse, 1975) lives and works in New York. His work has recently been shown at the 12th Lyon Biennial, Meanwhile… Suddenly, and then, in the Speculations on Anonymous Materials exhibition at Fridericianum in Kassel, at Empire State for Thaddeus Ropac in Paris and at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, ProBio, EXPO 1: New York at MoMA PS1 in New York and Pommery Experience #11 “An Odysse : FRAC Champagne-Ardenne 30th anniversary”, at Domaine Pommery in Reims.
FRAC Champagne-Ardenne / Regional Funds for Contemporary Art, created in 1984, is active in the support and creation of contemporary art. Like the other FRACs in each of the French regions, it is mandated to create and promote a collection of contemporary works of art, to conceive and produce exhibitions of contemporary artists, to publish, and to organize educational activities and events in order to sensitize the public at large about contemporary art. During the renovation of the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne in Reims, a year-long programme of collaborations and offsite projects with artists, professionals and different partners is being developed in France and abroad.