Sep 17th 2016

Samantha Bittman: Picture Structure


835 W Washington Blvd, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60607

Opening Saturday, September 17th, from 4PM - 7PM

On view through Saturday, October 22nd

ANDREW RAFACZ is pleased to announce Picture Structure, a solo exhibition by Samantha Bittman in Gallery One.

Chicago, IL, September 17, 2016– ANDREW RAFACZ presents Picture Structure, a solo exhibition of paintings by Samantha Bittman. The exhibition continues through Saturday, October 22, 2016.

Samantha Bittman continues her practice of weaving complex textiles on a loom and painting parts or the whole of their surfaces, simultaneously obfuscating her initial compositions. She highlights their structure with a rich, bright palette of acrylic paint—often revealing new patterns through the masked or semi-masked surface. Her works remain indebted to a textile-making tradition while also being decidedly contemporary, referencing Op Art, Color Field painting and 20th century abstraction.

Bittman’s approach is a multi-step process in which she must be mindful of the final work when weaving the painting’s support on her loom. Starting with individual threads and bound by the parameters and limitations of the loom itself, she generates woven structures that yield visually patterned compositions. These ultimately inform her decision making during the painting process. The act of weaving becomes inextricably bound to the act of painting that follows. Similarly, the practice of manifestation and concealment, seemingly opposing forces, are part of a dialectical approach that produces her unique results.

For this exhibition, the artist has scaled up her works while retaining the intimacy of her previous output. While working larger, she has continued to develop the intricacy and delicacy of her weave, employing a number of different patterns and directional shifts. The structures of these new works have more complexity and bandwidth of color in both textile and paint. Bittman has also begun to explore more contrasting colors within a single painting, creating works that are both subtle and jarring in their surfaces.

The gallery has published a catalogue to accompany the exhibition. Eschewing any supplemental text for a purely visual dialogue of reference points and fully realized works, it gives the viewer further insight into Bittman’s unique eye and conception of the perceivable world.

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