Jessica Silverman
Grey Fever, 2019
Handwoven polymer, linen thread, dye sublimation ink, mounted on linen support
72 x 47 x 1.5 in.


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The Artist

Though we perceive them as paintings, Margo Wolowiec’s works are in fact intricate loom-woven textiles infused with images via dye-sublimation transfer. Her most recent series “Storm Systems” are constructed from amalgamations of found forecast graphics and texts related to recent catastrophic storms and their aftermath, they draw a line between the realities of climate change, its causes, and broader implications for our society. Of late, Wolowiec has been reflecting on water contamination and water quality—a major issue for the Detroit based artist. Images of droplets of water and cloud-filled skies are complicated during the weaving process, accumulating tech-failure traits like a faulty satellite TV image. The resulting works move between passages of legibility and pure abstraction. Other productive frictions include: beauty versus politics, information versus knowledge, word versus picture, and the colliding histories of painting, photography, textiles and sculpture.

Wolowiec (b. 1985, Detroit, MI) has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the California College of the Arts. Her work is in the public collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco/Paris; San Jose Museum of Art and the Detroit Center for Photography. She has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco; di Rosa, Napa; and the Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn. Wolowiec recently completed a large-scale permanent installation at the Shinola Hotel in Detroit. She lives and works in Detroit, MI.

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