Samantha Bittman: Number Cruncher

LHP is pleased to announce a site-specific project by Samantha Bittman opening Friday, December 12th, 2014 from 6 to 8pm.

Number Cruncher identifies the handloom as a simple technology that is able to process repetitive numerical data into visually patterned information. The graphics and textures of the loom-generated, hand-woven textile supports, direct the painted surfaces often negating the materiality of the textile and highlighting the patterned surface. In other works, selectively painted areas visually merge with their underlying textile support. This transference of data into a visual language is thus a procedural gesture recalling early and basic computing.

Optically frenetic wallpaper—digitally printed low-res Photoshop files originating from the pixel interlacements in Bittman’s textiles—is installed behind the paintings, some of which correspondingly camouflage into the wall, seemingly absorbed into the environment. Other paintings are hung boldly in contrast to it.

Samantha Bittman (b. 1982) 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 attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011. She was a recent artist-in-residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE and a recipient of the Artadia Award in 2012. Recent exhibitions include Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago; Greenpoint Terminal, Brooklyn; Flash Atölye, Izmir, Turkey; and David Castillo Gallery, Miami.

Samantha Bittman

Samantha Bittman

Number Cruncher

Longhouse Projects, New York
Samantha BIttman

Samantha BIttman

Number Cruncher

Samantha Bittman

Samantha Bittman

Number Cruncher

Samantha Bittman

Samantha Bittman

Number Cruncher

Samantha Bittman

Samantha Bittman

Number Cruncher