Concurrent with Nudelman’s work, the gallery is pleased to present as the inaugural exhibition in its project space, five recent paintings by Chicago-based artist Samantha Bittman.

Exploring the relationship between structure and image, Bittman’s paintings follow a predetermined set of guidelines dictating color, pattern, order, and texture. Four of the five paintings in the exhibition are on stretched handwoven cloth. The warp, weft, and weave structures remain visible, and are underscored or fully revealed by the painted patterns. A balance of play and logic becomes evident as underlying texture and form melds with a rational but imperfect overlay of painted areas. This subtle juxtaposition often gives way to an optical buzz that breaks down upon close inspection, making perception elusive and fully dependent on the viewer’s physical proximity to the work. The wide array of visual effects produced by individual works is extraordinary, ranging from a razor sharp flicker, much like a strobe light, to a meditative calm.

Samantha Bittman earned a BFA in textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and an MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute Chicago earlier this year.

Samantha Bittman

project space
September 10 - October 16, 2010


Happiness by the Pool

Samantha Bittman, Happiness by the Pool, 2010

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