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Samantha Bittman | Material Data

04-23-2015 07:45 PM CET | Arts & Culture

Press release from: Johansson Projects

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Material Data
Featuring: Samantha Bittman
Show Runs May 1 - July 4, 2015
Reception Friday May 1, 5 - 8 PM

In Material Data, Samantha Bittman presents a new body of work including a series of paintings on handwoven textiles, custom digitally printed wallpaper, and a handmade tile floor sculpture. In Bittman’s visual world, the structuring and processing of individual parts generate a mutually dependent relationship between image and object, while simultaneously conjuring formal and conceptual parallels across media.

In her paintings Bittman exploits the limitations of the basic floor loom. By designing and executing weave drafts, which consist of simple sets of numerically based instructions; she generates woven cloth whereby the architecture of the weave interlacements and the graphics of the cloth are one in the same.

Once stretched over traditional painting stretcher bars, the textile patterns, which often become distorted by the act of stretching, direct and dictate the painted surface. These moves are both intuitive and logical. In several works, the weave graphics are replicated precisely in paint, negating the materiality of the textile in favor of the pictorial aspects of the cloth. In other instances, selectively painted areas merge with their underlying textile support, further flattening the picture plane and perceptually disorienting the viewer.

Optically frenetic wallpaper—a collage of graphic patterns originating from the interlacements in Bittman’s paintings—references the relationship of the woven textile to Photoshop pixels, as well as the influence of weaving technology on the development of modern computing.

Bittman’s handmade tile floor sculpture is another example of tangible data organized into a meaningful whole. Each tile represents a bit of information, laid out as a traditional textile houndstooth pattern. In weaving, the houndstooth motif is created by a combination of simple color striping of the warp and weft along with the woven structure itself. This pattern is often also found in her paintings.

Samantha Bittman lives and works in Chicago, IL. Bittman received her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. Bittman also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011. Recent solo exhibitions include, Razzle Dazzle at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL; Number Cruncher at Longhouse Projects, New York, NY; and Soft Counting, at Greenpoint Terminal, Brooklyn, NY. She has been included in recent group exhibitions at Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY; David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL; Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA; and Paris London Hong Kong, Chicago, IL. Her work has been exhibited at art fairs in Miami, Mexico City, and Chicago. She is included in numerous private and public collections.

Johansson Projects is a contemporary art gallery that functions as a curatorial laboratory, creating exhibitions that pair established and internationally-recognized artists with up-and-coming locals. Its moss ceiling by Misako Inaoka and unique architecture allows for innovative exhibitions in a fully immersive viewing environment. With no show confined purely to gallery walls it prompts viewers to actively engage with artists who explore the mysteries embedded in modernity often using unorthodox materials and methods. Johansson Projects is a locus for curators, collectors, and artists to connect and engage in dialogue with the larger art community both regionally and nationally.

Johansson Projects
2300 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612
Hours: Thurs - Sat 1-5pm | First Fridays 1-9pm
510.444.9140
info@johanssonprojects.com
press contact: Kimberly Johansson

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