The bold, patterned paintings of Samantha Bittman elevate the textured visuals of Op Art and geometric abstraction. Painstakingly layering acrylic paint over hand-woven textile, the artist creates intricate lines and shapes that toe the line between flat and three-dimensional surface. Distorting the perception of her viewers, the artist considers her handloom a means through which repetitive numerical data can be processed into visual patterns. Optically frenzied, and at times overwhelming, Bittman’s large-scale installation works often involve patterned wallpaper, transforming each space into a parallel world of stripes and shapes—and obscuring the traditional architecture of the room.
Bittman received her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. She has participated in residency programs at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and Ox-Bow School of Art. She is currently a participant in the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in Brooklyn, NY. Recent solo exhibitions include, Picture Structure at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL; Number Cruncher at Longhouse Projects, New York, NY; and Soft Counting, at Greenpoint Terminal, Brooklyn, NY. She has been included in recent group exhibitions at Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY; David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL; Shane Campbell Gallery; and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL. She is currently on faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.