Samantha Bittman was born in 1982, in Chicago and she lives and works in Brooklyn. She 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. Bittman also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011.
Bittman’s practice developed from her fascination with weaving and the instinctive relationship between pictorial image and woven structure. Bound by the physical parameters of her 12-harness floor loom, she weaves, by hand, a graphically driven pattern, which is then stretched over a traditional wooden frame before having acrylic paint embedded onto each thread.
Bittman conscientiously and proudly creates this meticulous and considered work taking reference from Annie Albers and Sheila Hicks as well as: Bridget Riley, Frank Stella and Agnes Martin. Aiming to stimulate the viewers’ visual perception and pattern recognition facilities as well as a self-awareness of our own consciousness, she asks us the question “How much do we really assimilate everyday?” Her intention is to slow the mind down, whilst creating a consuming experience. She wants to reveal visual phenomena without trickery, using basic shapes, symmetrical layouts, and pared-down colour palettes.
2019 TBD with Jeffrey Dell, Super Dutchess, NY, NY (forthcoming)
TBD with Bayne Peterson, Practise, Chicago, IL (forthcoming)
2018 Oscillate, COUNTY gallery, West Palm, USA 1ST SITE, The Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA
Inside Out, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, USA
Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, USA
2016 Picture Structure, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, USA
Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2015 Pattern Structures, David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, USA
2014 Number Cruncher, Longhouse Projects, New York, USA