Antoine Catala “Alphabet”

47 Canal (291 Grand St.)

poster for Antoine Catala “Alphabet”

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“In the 16 years I have lived in the US, I have met very few happy Americans. Yet this is the place that generates most of the tools behind our modern modes of communication.”––Antoine Catala

Alphabet, Antoine Catala’s fourth solo exhibition at 47 Canal, features inflatable sculptures representing the 26 letters of the Roman alphabet.

The exhibition explores Catala’s ongoing concern with miscommunication. Following a series of artworks addressing language, incorporating rebuses and emojis, this new body of work returns to the written word. Nothing, however, is written. Catala’s longstanding interest is in the tools that facilitate communication, rather than the messages these tools create. As each letter contracts, it crumples an abstract, indeterminate shape, evoking fragility and pathos. Meaning and affect are generated kinetically. The installation ruminates on language’s inherent failures and playful rebirths.



from October 15, 2020 to November 21, 2020


Antoine Catala

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