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Jovencio De La Paz at Chris Sharp
April 30, 2022 - June 11, 2022
At Chris Sharp Gallery, Jovencio De La Paz’s woven wall pieces push the fragility of thread against the rigid constraints of computer programming. The dimension-defying woven works, made using a digitally assisted Jacquard loom, contain mind-bogglingly complex surfaces with deep ridges and valleys. Some pieces on view were created using a version of a 1950s software called BioNumeric Organism that De La Paz adapted with a computer engineer.
The pieces not only push the boundaries of fibers to their literal breaking point (rogue threads get over-stretched and sag out of the regimented formations), but also reconceptualize what is possible with a woven substrate. The works are then sewn within stark, off-white canvases, creating a container of vast negative space around their active surfaces, as if their kinetic energy needs to be buffered by a less-active surface textile. The works speak to tension and release, containers and fluidity, and explore pushing against (and working within) constraining boundaries.
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Photo: Jovencio de la Paz, Bent Pyramid (1.1) (2022). Handwoven, Jacquard textile and cotton, 62 x 62 x 1.5 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Chris Sharp. Photo: Ruben Diaz.