Margo Wolowiec

Anat Ebgi presents a solo exhibition of new works by Margo Wolowiec. Complex canvases comprise digital images that the Wolowiec has culled from social media sites. Each selected image is printed onto strands of thread pixel by pixel through a dye-sublimation ink process and hand woven to create a solid textile. Wolowieccreates the intricate compositions through rigorous formal concerns pulling each image from her digitally sourced archive. Her earlier work features images in gridded compositions that reference the lattice-like process of weaving.

Patterns of traditional Navajo rugs and Bauhaus weavers are referenced showing an evolution in Wolowiec’s practice: the large-scale works in this exhibition move fluidly in and out of various geometric structures, breaking a strictly gridded logic and allowing for a more painterly approach. Wolowiec freely inserted her own hand in the appropriated images, heavily manipulating them throughout her process. In this new body of work, the source images are re-scaled, re-colored and subjected to the artist’s formal decisions. Along with digital manipulation of the images, Wolowiec paints directly onto the interlocking threads of the weavings. The interventions Wolowiec has taken with these images provides another layer of abstraction and distance from their original sources.

Wolowiec is inspired by te traditional Navajo woven rugs and their direct relationship between the weaver and their culture. Similarly, Wolowiec’s weavings are a tangible manifestation of the image-saturated digital culture of social media outlets that dominate today’s society. The material translations and anxiety-ridden abstractions of these ephemeral images literally ties them to physical reality like the bonds between the threads themselves.

Margo Wolowiec (b. 1985) lives and works in San Francisco, CA where she earned her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2013. Recent exhibitions include a solo presentation at Johansson Projects in Oakland, CA. Wolowiec has lectured at Maryland Institute College of the Arts, Baltimore, MD, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, and was a visiting critic at the Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.

  • Artists:
    Margo Wolowiec
  • Open:
    Saturday, 19 April 2014
  • Close:
    Saturday, 31 May 2014
  • Address:
    Anat Ebgi, 2660 S La Cienega Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90034, USA
  • Mail:
  • Phone:
    +1 310 838 2770
  • Web:
    Anat Ebgi
  • Opening hour:
    Tue – Sat | 11am – 6pm
  • Closing day:
    Mon, Sun
  • Photo credits:
    Margo Wolowiec: Detail from Those Sounds at that Place, 2014 Handwoven polyester, cotton, linen, dye-sublimation ink, fabric dye.


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