Ever Gold [Projects] is pleased to present a selection of new works from New York based KATSU and Los Angeles based Mieke Marple on Platform (backed by David Zwirner Gallery), on view for the month of March 2022. This online exhibition is accompanied by public projects from each artist, an ephemeral artist poster intervention by KATSU across Manhattan during the first week of March, and a collaboration between Marple and Standard Vision on multiple massive outdoor LED screens across Los Angeles depicting her recent Medusa Collection generative project.
KATSU’s body of work, Citizen, is an extension of his drone painting and new media practice which discusses the topic of artistic authorship. Using a custom-built painting drone and specialized software the artist programs these drones to create portraits, still lifes, and abstractions on canvas on a human scale. Other works from this series include large-scale public interventions and performances. The aesthetic outcomes in these paintings are not exclusively from the artist’s decisions but instead occur in concert with this technology, a collaborative art-making process between a human and a machine.
Blue is the next evolution in Mieke Marple’s Erotic Garden series, which she began as an Internet Archive Resident in 2018. The Erotic Garden appropriates parts of etchings by the Marquis von Bayros who, in the early 20th century, was commissioned by European aristocracy to make erotic material. In Marple’s paintings, von Bayros’s etchings have been altered through cropping, color, materiality, and added elements (such as a dandelion for a head) to fit a more contemporary feminist perspective. The works in Blue are inspired by Maggie Nelson’s prose poem “Bluets.” They are an emotional study—a visual investigation into longing and melancholy—that continues Marple’s ongoing interest in narrative, sexuality, and emotional cataloging.
View KATSU’s work on PLATFORM here
Additional works from KATSU here
Hand-decorated posters by KATSU coming soon…
View Mieke Marples’s work on PLATFORM here
Additional works from Marple here
More info on Marple’s NFT Medusa Collection here
Marple’s Standard Vision collaboration here
KATSU is a Japanese – American new media artist based in New York. His works involve technology, public interventions, commentary on commercialism, privacy, and digital culture. As a result, his practice includes drone painting, sculpture, digital media, conceptual works, NFTs, and video games. His visual and digital projects question notions of reality, fiction, and futurism by conceptually integrating ideas of vandalism with commercialism and technology to comment on identity and authorship. KATSU was an Eyebeam research fellow with Free Art and Technology Lab, a collective of creative technologists and hackers (2007-2015). In 2016 he was a Google creative technologist working on VR and machine learning projects. In 2021 KATSU launched a series of high visibility, multidisciplinary collaborations with Virgil Abloh including a video game, fashion line, and site-specific installations. KATSU is represented by Ever Gold [Projects] and The Hole.
Select solo exhibitions include; BITS at Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco (2021); DOT at The Hole, New York City (2020); DRONE at Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles (2018), Memory Foam at The Hole, New York City (2018); AI Criminals at an unknown location, San Francisco (2017); and Remember the Future at The Hole, New York City (2015). KATSU’s work has been written about in Wired, New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Artforum, Artnet, Wallstreet Journal, CNN, Verge, and Tech Crunch. He holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design, NY (2005).
Mieke Marple is an artist, writer, and activist living in Los Angeles. Her work investigates narrative and sexuality through a feminist social-emotional lens. This is often achieved through the repurposing of older European imagery to make paintings that—through their neon palette, addition of tattoos, or existance as NFTs—speak to the 21st femme experience. An experience that is marked by the ongoing battle between millenia-old patriarchal ideology and its contemporary undoings.
Recent solo exhibitions include Tarot Reckoning (2021); and Bad Feminist (2019-2020) at Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco; and God is an Audiobook at 1301PE, Los Angeles (2019). Recent large scale projects include Medusa Collection (ongoing) in the Metaverse. Select recent group exhibitions include Pantheon, Arts of Life, Chicago (2021); Twisted Dream, Los Angeles (2021), and Carbon Drop, on Nifty Gateway (2021). Marple has been written about by The New York Times, W Magazine, The Guardian, The Art Newspaper, Autre, among other publications. She has written essays for Zyzzyva, Artsy, and Matrons & Mistresses. Through various charity art auctions, she has helped raise over a million dollars for Planned Parenthood LA, a quarter million for prison abolitionist organization Critical Resistance, and most recently 6.6 million dollars for Open Earth Foundation. Marple was co-owner of Night Gallery, Los Angeles, from 2011-2016. She is represented by Ever Gold [Projects]. She holds a B.A. in Fine Art from the University of California, Los Angeles (2008).
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