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When: Jan. 23-March 15 2014
Many might argue that our contemporary cultural mythos would be best exemplified through an aggregation of our various forms of online self-expression. If so, then the artifacts of our culture are ones that escape tactile embodiment and laborious production. After all, it only takes a second to snap and share a selfie. Artist Margo Wolowiec attempts to capture this cultural current between her fingers, tediously weaving it into tangible testaments to our increasingly virtual lives. Using a complicated dye and sublimation ink process, Wolwiec imprints her hand-woven textiles with collages of images that she has pulled from various social media platforms. The product is a fabric that forms recognizable imagery, yet with color bars that don’t quite match up, like the picture produced by a TV with a broken satellite dish. Many of these weavings, along with other similar works by Wolowiec, are now on view at Johansson Projects (2300 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) in her solo show Following. Through her unexpected combination of content and medium, Wolowiec calls attention to the potential cultural importance of this ubiquitous imagery that is often considered worthless. If social media isn’t the means by which we circulate our contemporary myths, then what is?
— Sarah Burke


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