DIGITAL GARDEN | Digital Weaving Group Exhibition, 2020 – 21
DIGITAL GARDEN: Group Exhibition of Digital Weavings
December 4 – January 8, 2021
DIGITAL GARDEN was an exhibition of seven US-based artists working with digital weaving, curated by Gallery Director Connie Fu and Digital Weaving Director Cathryn Amidei. The exhibition commemorated the launch of the Digital Weaving Lab at Praxis. The show was a beacon of things to come at the Lab, as Amidei stated in the exhibition preface:
“A Garden connects us to the future. A Garden is about change, energy, and optimism. A Garden is a process. In our gardens, we labor hard to provide, and leave space for the things that will come. Support is given to those tender things reaching for the light of the sun. Generosity is offered when the unexpected appears and care is taken to encourage growth and health.
It is our hope that the Digital Weaving Lab will be a place like this. A location that encourages one to test boundaries, improve skills, query tradition and build new pathways. We have the specific mission to promote excellence, acknowledging that excellence has many forms. The Digital Lab will be a quiet place and a place for gatherings, a place to make definitions and deconstruct them as we evolve. The Praxis Digital Weaving Lab will be the only one of its kind in the United States. A place for residency with a TC2. A place to stay and work and grow. As time goes on, we will build our traditions, our community and our partnerships. We hope to encourage new ways and to support well considered ways. In all these endeavors we are eager to learn, share, and make room for each other.”
Participating artists Cathryn Amidei, Jovencio de la Paz, Gabrielle Duggan, Marianne Fairbanks, Robin Kang, Janice Lessman-Moss, and Robert Mertens use digital weaving as a site for material exploration and for the making and breaking of pattern and tradition.