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Various Artists
Under / Over w/ Plant Paper
September 10 – November 01 2020

West, North, and East walls.

Marta + Plant Paper are pleased to present “Under/Over,” a group exhibition of 50+ Toilet Paper Holders, hosted online and at Marta, Los Angeles from September 10 to November 01, 2020.

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Download a list of Available Works.

East wall.

Participating artists, designers, and studios: 1934, A History of Frogs, Joseph Algieri, Another Human, AOO Studio, Ryan Belli, Erik Benjamins, BNAG, Marco Campardo Studio, Daniel Castillo, Chen Chen + Kai Williams, Bradley Duncan, Daniel Eatock, Dean Edmonds, Max Enrich, Klas Ernflo, Martino Gamper, Ross Hansen, Tyler Hays (BDDW), Brooke Intrachat, Serban Ionescu, Sam Jayne, Doug Johnston, Pat Kim, Carlos Little, Lland, Sabine Marcelis, Nifemi Marcus-Bello, Michael Marriott, Theo Martins, MOS Architects, Matt Olson (OOIEE), Taidgh O’Neill, Fredrik Paulsen, Jorge Penadés, James Sterling Pitt, Playlab, Ryan Preciado, Alex Reed, Adrien Rovero Studio, Mansi Shah, Peter Shire, Spiritual Objects, Jonah Takagi, Terremoto, Three Sheep, Brendan Timmins, Visibility, Waka Waka, Kristen Wentrcek + Andrew Zebulon, WeShouldDoItAll, Wrk–Shp, and Zaven.

Toilet Paper is Political

The bathroom is a place of social and environmental politics. A single company, owned by Koch Industries, controls 29% of the tissue paper market in North America. With the purchase of fluffy, plastic-wrapped, bleach-white rolls, many Americans are unwittingly aiding in the politically-conservative efforts of conglomerates like Koch Industries, which has funneled millions of dollars into voter suppression, the aiding and growth of the Prison Industrial Complex, and the reversal of common-sense environmental protections.

In the early 1900s, after centuries of wiping variously with stones, sponges, sea-shells, and corn cobs, the West began using toilet paper made of virgin tree pulp, chlorine, and a host of other toxic chemicals. The statistics of this ongoing practice are appalling: 27,000 trees flushed down the world’s toilets each day; 37 gallons of clean water (and over a gallon of bleach, formaldehyde, and other chemicals) per roll. Big T.P. companies have been decimating the environment for decades as they turn old-growth tree pulp into a product that most people use absent-mindedly for a matter of seconds each day.

Any hope for reversing the effects of this convention hinges on altering our relationship to toilet paper and its dispensing mechanisms. “Under / Over” hosts a diverse group of international participants, resulting in an exhibition that merges function and delight, prizing a seemingly humble piece of hardware that we invariably interact with every day and, in so doing, perhaps prompting a subtle shift in this particular paradigm.

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1934
Untitled (after Barry Simpson)
2020
Edition of Two
Aluminum, Rubber spacers
7.0 W × 5.3 D × 7.0 H in.

A History of Frogs
Untitled
2020
Open Edition
Gypsum cement
6.0 W × 7.0 D × 14.5 H in.

Available

Joseph Algieri
Crystal Pepsi’s Charmin Ultra
2020
Unique
Hot glue
9.0 W × 2.5 D × 5.0 H in.

Another Human
Untitled
2020
Edition of Six
Acrylic
12.0 W × 7.5 D × 7.0 H in.

Available

AOO Studio
Combo
2020
Edition of Two
Solid beech, Black lacquer
9.5 W × 4.1 D × 4.1 H in.

Ryan Belli
Triple Stack
2020
Open Edition
Poplar, Brass, Steel hardware
22.25 W × 7.0 D × 7.5 H in.

Available

North and East walls.

Ryan Belli
Single Stack
2020
Open Edition
Poplar, Brass, Steel hardware
7.5 W × 7.0 D × 7.5 H in.

Available

Erik Benjamins
Sandro’s Hands
2020
Edition of Five
Powdercoated steel
5.5 W × 8.0 D × 7.0 H in.

Available

BNAG
Crazy Cucumber No. 1
2020
Unique
Ceramic
7.25 W × 5.5 D × 5.0 H in.

BNAG
Crazy Cucumber No. 2
2020
Unique
Ceramic
7.25 W × 5.5 D × 5.0 H in.

BNAG
Crazy Baguette
2020
Unique
Ceramic
7.25 W × 5.5 D × 5.0 H in.

Available

BNAG
Toilet Flamingo
2020
Unique
Ceramic, Metal hook
9.5 W × 2.5 D × 9.0 H in.

BNAG
Toilet Tongue No. 2
2020
Unique
Ceramic
4.25 W × 6.125 D × 6.5 H in.

Available

BNAG
Crazy Carrot
2020
Unique
Ceramic
8.25 W × 4.25 D × 5.0 H in.

BNAG
Toilet Tongue No. 1
2020
Unique
Ceramic
4.5 W × 9.0 D × 5.5 H in.

Available

Daniel Castillo
T.P. Holder 323.20
2020
Open Edition
Aluminum
8.7 W × 7.3 D × 9.7 H in.

Available

Marco Campardo Studio
Boro
2020
Edition of Four
Solid borosilicate glass
8.0 W × 3.25 D × 4.0 H in.

Available

Chen Chen + Kai Williams
Kraptonite
2020
Open Edition
Stainless steel
8.0 W × 5.0 D × 15.0 H in.

East wall and South window.

Bradley Duncan
Peg Work (T.P.) 1
2020
Unique
Wood, Paint
12.0 W × 5.75 D × 12.0 H in.

Bradley Duncan
Peg Work (T.P.) 2
2020
Unique
Wood, Paint
12.0 W × 5.75 D × 12.0 H in.

Daniel Eatock
Diameter Ditto (Toilet Roll + Soil Pipe Strap)
2020
Edition of 5
Galvanized steel
1.0 W × 4.5 D × 6.5 H in.

Available

Dean Edmonds
Toilet Roller 2
2020
Edition of Two
Powdercoated steel, Tubular steel
6.1 W × 4.0 D × 2.2 H in.

Max Enrich
A Space Entirely Devoid of Matter
2020
Open Edition
Stainless steel
11.8 W × 11.8 D × 5.5 H in.

Available

Klas Ernflo
Untitled [Set of Five]
2020
Unique
Painted beech and oak wood
Each 1.0 W × 5.75 D × 3.5 H in.

Martino Gamper
Loo Roll Bar
2020
Edition of Five
Steel reinforcing bar (Rebar)
10.5 W × 6.0 D × 3.125 H in.

Available

Ross Hansen
Untitled
2020
Unique
Epoxy resin
15.5 W × 6.25 D × 15.5 H in.

Tyler Hays (BDDW)
Toilet Paper Holder
2020
Unique
Ceramic, Oak, Brass hardware
6.0 W × 6.0 D × 12.6 H in.

Dean Edmonds, Serban Ionescu, Three Sheep, Marco Campardo Studio.

West and North walls.

Tyler hays (BDDW)
Toilet Paper Holder
2020
Unique
Ceramic, Oak, Brass hardware
6.0 W × 6.0 D × 12.6 H in.

Serban Ionescu
Shackleton
2020
Unique
Plywood, Found toy, Acrylic paint, Steel hardware
8.5 W × 8.25 D × 11.75 H in.

Available

Sam Jayne
Hitting the Head
2020
Edition of Two
Aluminum alloy, Steel
5.0 W × 5.75 D × 8.5 H in.

Available

Doug Johnston
Untitled (Woolly Mammoth Vertebra)
2020
Edition of Two
3D-Printed plant-based plastic (PLA)
5.7 W × 7.6 D × 7.2 H in.

Pat Kim
TP1
2020
Unique
Cherry wood
4.0 W × 6.5 D × 6.25 H in.

Carlos Little
Flush House 1
2020
Unique
DensGlass, Homasote, Rigid foam, Broom handle, Plaster, Acrylic paint
10.75 W × 5.5 D × 9.5 H in.

Available

Carlos Little
Flush House 2
2020
Unique
DensGlass, Homasote, Rigid foam, Broom handle, Plaster, Acrylic paint
10.75 W × 5.5 D × 9.5 H in.

Available

Lland
Spherical Copper T.P. Holder
2020
Open Edition
Copper
10.0 W × 5.0 D × 10.0 H in.

Available

Sabine Marcelis
Untitled
2020
Unique
Cast resin, Hardware
11.0 W × 2.75 D × 11.0 H in.

Available

Nifemi Marcus-Bello
Opá Oba
2020
Edition of Four
Copper, Steel, Synthetic beads
8.5 W × 4.4 D × 8.0 H in.

Available

Nifemi Marcus-Bello
Opá Oba
2020
Edition of Four
Copper, Steel, Synthetic beads
8.5 W × 4.4 D × 8.0 H in.

Available

Nifemi Marcus-Bello — Detail

Michael Marriott
T&T 1
2020
Open Edition
Powdercoated steel
5.0 W × 3.0 D × 2.5 H in.

Available

Michael Marriott
T&T 3
2020
Open Edition
Powdercoated steel
5.0 W × 3.0 D × 2.5 H in.

Available

Theo Martins
Keeping You Company
2020
Unique
Steel, Wood
31.0 W × 3.9 D × 13.0 H in.

Available

MOS Architects
Wall Mounted Object, 2020
Edition of Two
Powdercoated aluminum, Oxidized steel
3.0 W × 3.375 D × 7.5 H in.

Available

OOIEE
Mandrake (He came from...)
2020
Unique
Black + Decker drill, Poplar dowel, Galvanized hardware, Fender washers, Walnut wall mount, Fasteners
12.5 W × 6.5 D × 12.0 H in.

Available

Taidgh O'Neill
Untitled
2020
Open Edition
White oak
10.5 W × 7.0 D × 5.5 H in.

Available

Ouli
Untitled
2020
Unique
Spalted maple
14.0 W × 3.75 D × 5.0 H in.

Available

Fredrik Paulsen
Lilac & Yellow T.P. Holder
2020
Unique
MDF, Wood, Acrylic
11.8 W × 12.5 D × 5.9 H in.

Available

Jorge Penadés
Chrome-ish
2020
Edition of Three, One A.P.
Chrome-plated stainless steel
12.0 W × 2.0 D × 9.0 H in.

Available

James Sterling Pitt
Untitled
2020
Edition of Two
Acrylic on wood
3.5 W × 2.25 D × 8.0 H in.

Available

Playlab, Inc.
Rock, (Toilet) Paper, Scissors 2
2020
Edition of Five
Klein scissors, Bracket, Faux rock
9.0 W × 15.5 D × 12.0 H in.

Available

Playlab, Inc.
Rock, (Toilet) Paper, Scissors 1
2020
Edition of Five
Klein scissors, Bracket, Faux rock
9.0 W × 15.5 D × 12.0 H in.

Available

Mansi Shah — Process

Ryan Preciado
Wall Piece 2
2020
Open Edition
Powdercoated steel
5.625 W × 4.5 D × 4.625 H in.

Available

Ryan Preciado
Wall Piece 1
2020
Open Edition
Powdercoated steel
5.625 W × 4.5 D × 4.625 H in.

Available

Ryan Preciado
Floor Piece
2020
Open Edition
Powdercoated steel
7.5 W × 6.5 D × 35.0 H in.

Available

Alex Reed
Untitled (Left)
2020
Unique
Ceramic
6.0 W × 6.0 D × 4.25 H in.

Available

Alex Reed
Untitled (Right)
2020
Unique
Ceramic
6.0 W × 6.0 D × 4.25 H in.

Available

Adrien Rovero Studio
Untitled
2020
Prototype
ABS Plastic, Silicone
7.0 W × 3.94 D × 0.8 H in.

Available

Mansi Shah
Untitled
2020
Edition of Four
Earthenware, Underglaze
5.5 W × 5.5 D × 24.0 H in.

Available

Peter Shire
Loading Zone
2020
Open Edition
Toilet seat, Paint
14.0 W × 17.0 D × 1.75 H in.

Available

Peter Shire
Overnight Parking
2020
Open Edition
Toilet seat, Paint
14.0 W × 17.0 D × 1.75 H in.

Available

Peter Shire
Passenger Loading
2020
Open Edition
Toilet seat, Paint
14.0 W × 17.0 D × 1.75 H in.

Available

Peter Shire — Passenger Loading, Overnight Parking, Loading Zone

Ryan Belli, Terremoto Landscape.

Peter Shire
Progression
2007
Unique
Pencil on paper
9.5 W × 1.5 D × 7.625 H in.

Available

Peter Shire
Italian Style
2011
Unique
Ink, Italian toilet paper, Rag paper
13.25 W × 1.5 D × 16.375 H in.

Available

Spiritual Objects
Toilet Paper House
2020
Open Edition
Birch plywood, White oak, Lacquer 
6.0 W × 5.0 D × 8.5 H in.

Available

Jonah Takagi
Untitled
2020
Edition of Two
Type II anodized aluminum, ABS plastic, Nylon, Steel
7.25 W × 4.25 D × 4.25 H in.

Available

Terremoto
Nothing, Something
2020
Edition of Two
Redwood sawdust, Redwood branch
7.0 W × 6.0 D × 6.0 H in.

Available

Three Sheep
Linea (Brass), 2020
Edition of Eight
Cast bronze
7.5 W × 5.0 D × 7.5 H in.

Available

Three Sheep
Linea (Steel)
2020
Edition of Eight
Cast stainless steel
7.5 W × 5.0 D × 7.5 H in.

Available

Kristen Wentrcek + Andrew Zebulon, AOO Studio, Three Sheep, MOS Architects, Max Enrich, James Sterling Pitt.

Brendan Timmins
Alone Time Media Console, 2020
Unique
Corian, Walnut
12.0 W × 5.875 D × 6.875 H in.

Available

Visibility
Be Prepared
2020
Edition of Two
3D-Printed plastic, Nylon strap
3.0 W × 3.0 D × 5.25 H in.

Available

Waka Waka
Untitled
2020
Unique
Birch plywood, Brass chain
16.0 W × 6.375 D × 16.0 H in.

Available

Kirsten Wentrcek + Andrew Zebulon
Folded RSS
2020
Edition of Two
Smoked natural rubber, Aluminum
12.0 W × 3.5 D × 12.0 H in.

Available

WeShouldDoItAll
Individualism
2020
Unique
Modified selfie stick, iPhone 6
3.0 W × Varies D × 7.0 H in.

Available

Wrk-Shp
Untitled
2020
Edition of Ten
Painted steel
5.1875 W × 3.25 D × 0.3125 H in.

Available

Zaven
Spin
2020
Open Edition
Cardboard, Paper pulp, Paint
6.3 W × 6.3 D × 11.8 H in.

Available

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