ARENA 1 Gallery is pleased to present 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 and Laurel Roth, and Nina Katchadourian, Victor De La Rosa, Devorah Sperber and Stephanie Syjuco.
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 end of 2012.
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.