ARENA 1 Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Punch Card II, a group exhibition with works by six artists who merge technology and traditional textiles to create their own unique “digital stitch”. Collectively, the works in this exhibition suggest the loom as a precursor for contemporary digital practices. Included are the team Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth, and Nina Katchadourian, Victor De La Rosa, Devorah Sperber and Stephanie Syjuco. Punch Card II, organized by Sherry Frumkin and Catharine Clark Gallery, opens on Saturday, March 30th with a reception from 6 to 8pm and continues through April 27, 2013.
Whether weaving digitally, pixel by pixel (Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth), using computer graphics and hand looming on jacquard power looms (Vic De La Rosa), or directly on commercially produced photographs (Nina Katchadourian), or melding digitally printed patterns and outsourced fabrication with traditional 19th Century fabrication (Stephanie Syjuco), or inverting and deconstructing art historical or pop culture iconography and recomposing the image with individual spools of thread (Devorah Sperber), these artists are purposefully exploring the possibilities between hand and machine in the digital age.
Punch Card II is a second iteration of an exhibition initially organized by and exhibited at Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco at the beginning of 2013.
Vic De La Rosa, Katey Crews, Kate Nartker and Guillermo Bert present videos that challenge traditional assumptions about weaving and textile production. Vic De La Rosa’s video wallpaper project is part of a body of work that frees textiles from the industrial revolution through an embrace of the technological revolution. Katey Crews explores jacquard weaving and the material process. Kate Narthker uses stop motion techniques to animate jacquard weaving. Guillermo Bert collaborates with the Mapuche people of his native Chile to preserve their language and culture through encrypted messages masquerading as traditional weavings.
ARENA 1 is an exhibition space founded by Santa Monica Art Studios directors Yossi Govrin and Sherry Frumkin. Based in an historic hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, ARENA 1 invites internationally known as well as newly established curators to develop innovative and compelling exhibitions.