Weaving meets vintage computer circuitry!
What’s on you Loom?
US-based Fiber Artist and TC2 owner Robin Kang’s works reinterpret the tradition of weaving within a contemporary context. Kang is currently exhibiting her works at art galleries in Belgium and the US. Her creations can be characterized by a unique combination of ancient symbolism, computer related imagery, and digital mark-making. She recently shared pictures of her works with us, here’s a look…
Robin Kang’s vivid fiber art examines our relationship with technology, both traditional and new. Active Circuit, commissioned by Arts Brookfield, presents nine weavings whose colorful patterns are inspired by vintage computer circuitry from the 1970’s and 80’s.
Kang describes these weavings as chips, or components of information hardware. She further explains that each chip is activated by the energy of viewers passing through the exhibition. Activation in this instance however, becomes spiritual rather than physical. Courage, Wisdom, Faith, Compassion, Ethics, Patience, Diligence, Justice, Love: Each individual chip is matched to one of these virtues.
Just as circuits require electric current to operate, electric current is inherent to the functions of our bodies. Kang deepens our relationship to the rapidly advancing technologies that surrounds us, drawing us closer to these parallels.
She writes that the installation will create “electromagnetic energy that will refresh, restore, reprogram, or simply recharge anyone who activates the current.” By allowing ourselves to pass through and become part of a circuit pattern imbued with virtue, we receive an energetic affirmation, a signal. In this way Kang explores technology as a potentially positive extension of ourselves.
Active Circuit presents a unique space to pause and contemplate how we as creators and users of technology can channel positive energy. Walking through this labyrinth of weavings we are challenged to think of the ways our intentions can change the shape of our world.
The juxtaposition of textiles with electronics opens an interesting conversation of reconciling the old with the new, traditions with new possibilities, as well as the relationship between textiles, symbols, language, and memory, Kang explains.
Robin Kang has exhibited throughout the US, Canada, Spain, Belgium, France, Austria, Indonesia, Colombia, and Saudi Arabia. Recent institutional shows include the Queens Museum, the Essl Museum, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, U.S Embassy in Saudi Arabia and Brooklyn Academy of Music, among others. Kang is the founder and director of Penelope, a artist-run project space in Ridgewood, Queens, and also an Adjunct Professor in the Fiber and Material Studies, teaching courses in digital weaving and fabric dyeing.
Exhibitions Currently on view…
New York Abstract Now
Featured Artists: Timothy Atticus, MaDora Frey, Daniel G. Hill, Rachael Gorchov, Mary Schiliro, Robin Kang, and Marc Van Cauwenbergh
From: January 10th- Feburary 9th, 2019
Opening: January 10th, 6-8pm @ Mathilde Hatzenberger Gallery, Belgium
Over, Under, Forward, Back
Featured Artists: April Camlin, Steven Frost, Rania Hassan, Sarah J. Hull, Robin Kang, Julia Kwon, Olivia Tripp Morrow, Natalia Nakazawa, Danni O’Brien, and Sarah Stefana Smith
From: January 12- March 30, 2019
Opening: January 12th 6-9pm
Gallery Talk: March 30th 1-3pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12-5 pm, or by appointment @ Arlington Arts Center, Virginia
Exhibitions Opening Soon…
QiPO Mexico City
Material Art Fair
Claudia Huiza Presents
From, Feb 7-9, 2019. Opening Reception: Thursday, February 7, 7pm-11pm @ Bucareli 80, Centro, 06010 Cuauhtémoc, CDMX, México
Mathilde Hatzenberger Gallery
March 4-10th, 2019
33 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery
April 25-28th, 2019
Avenue du Port 86c
1000 Brussels, Belgium
Ambulatory Care Arts Program
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Brooklyn Infusion Center Gallery
557 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn
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