Curves 1, 2016
Ink, pencil, and embroidered thread on paper
22 x 22 x 1.5 in / 55.9 x 55.9 x 3.8 cm, framed
For Beryl Korot, threads (whether wool, linen, or magnetic tape) are both metaphor and medium. Curves references her seminal multichannel video and textile installation, Text and Commentary, which places ancient and contemporary technologies in dialog, tracing the origin of the computer to the loom. In this new series of abstract drawings, this exchange is continued through the exploration of the mark of the artist’s hand and that of the machine. A sewing machine is programmed to sew the surface of the paper in pre-designated areas. The texture, color, and shape of the sewn thread contextualizes and converses with the original hand-drawn marks.