“Punch Card II” Opens At Arena 1 Gallery Through April 27

Friday, 29 Mar 2013, 8:45:00 AM

Mitch James

Several of the works on display as part of Arena 1 Gallery's 'Punch Card II' exhibit.
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Several of the works on display as part of Arena 1 Gallery's 'Punch Card II' exhibit.

Arena 1 Gallery opens the new group exhibition “Punch

Card II” this Saturday with an opening reception from 6 pm to 8 pm. The

exhibition runs through April 27.

It features the works of six artists who merge

technology and traditional textiles to create their own unique “digital


Collectively, the works in this exhibition suggest the

loom as a precursor for contemporary digital practices.

Included are the team Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth,

and Nina Katchadourian, Victor De La Rosa, Devorah Sperber and Stephanie


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 beginning of 2013.

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


Arena 1 is located at 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica.

For more information, visit www.arena1gallery.com or call 310.397.7456.

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