The first thing one sees when entering the exhibition Deep Time, currently on view at Radiator Arts, are ravishing, incandescent patterns that swirl and pulsate with super-saturated colors and glow like diodes or reticulate into kaleidoscopes. But on closer inspection, these colorful patterns emerge as the physical and virtual manifestations of textile design.
Throughout the gallery are weavings and printed fabrics made by hand or computer. In some cases, the matrix of woven fiber is lodged conceptually in digital videos. The artworks in Deep Time consider the logic of a grid system that’s inherent to fiber arts and technology as a unifying scheme from which to generate images. It draws connections between the dot patterns of lights on a phosphorescent screen, the circuitry of a motherboard, and the vertical and horizontal cross-stitch of a loom. This is done with an appreciation of ancient craft and cultures and new media in concert with one another. Even when employing a TC2 Jacquard Loom or 3D printer, the featured artists always have their hands in simpler, analog, biophilic, and tactile practices as well.
Most of the artists are represented by two pieces: one that is static, like a weaving or painting; and a moving image piece, like a digital video or wall projection. The gallery ripples with visual and aural patterns that are often like deviant fractals. The ambient sounds of mechanical blips, hums, and whirs mingle with patterns of foliage, footprints in the snow, typography, or spiderwebs, as machines enhance and illuminate organic forms in supernatural ways. Magic happens when IRL perceptual material is fused with cyber-technology, creating hybrid forms.