Antoine Catala is French. He has lived in the US for the past 17 years. He has exhibited at the Whitney Museum, New York, New Museum, New York, Sculpture Center, New York, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria, MACLyon, Lyon, Fridericianum, Kassel, MoMA PS 1, New York, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, among other institutions and galleries. He was part of the Venice Biennale in 2019. He is represented by 47 Canal, NYC and Galerie Christine Mayer, Munich.
“I am interested in the banal, everyday use of communication tools. I look at platforms and devices, and scrutinize how they are used to communicate, or miscommunicate. So at the center of all I do, there is language. New platforms of communication (such as smart phones, texting, net 2.0) allow language to evolve in radical new ways (images as words, short form messages, audio messages, etc). Language is by essence playful, and this playfulness flourishes in any form. More and more language develops a symbiotic bond with technology. In studying these new forms of language, I am interested not as much in what is changing about us, but what remains uniquely, deeply, human in communication.
As time progresses, I am more and more fascinated in how art communicates about its presence in a room.” – A.C.