Fun with Textiles

Inside-Out,” an exhibition of woven paintings by Samantha Bittman, is at Morgan Lehman Gallery through June 17. Bittman uses a loom to make complexly patterned textiles, which she then overlays with acrylic paint. Her practice derives from a fascination with the timelessness of weaving: “the basics of the over and under warp and weft interlacements has remained unchanged,” she said in an interview with New American Paintings: “I feel like it is evolutionarily locked in our brains somewhere … I am more engaged with the aspects of weaving that are rooted in mathematics and numbers, as well as the accumulative nature of the weaving process … My work typically has an underlying invented logic, either apparent or slightly hidden.”

Samantha Bittman, Untitled, 2016, acrylic on handwoven textile, 24″ x 20″.

Untitled, 2017, acrylic on handwoven textile, 30″ x 24″.

Untitled, 2017, acrylic on handwoven textile, 40″ x 32″.

Untitled, 2017, acrylic on handwoven textile, 20″ x 16″.

Untitled, 2017, acrylic on handwoven textile, 40″ x 32″.

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