Margo Wolowiec (b., Dearborn, MI, 1985) lives and works in Detroit, MI.
Margo Wolowiec's work looks at the visual trends of cyberspace, particularly those of social media, which she sees as conflicted systems that entangle the private with the political and corporate. Her hand-woven panels use data sourced from the Internet that she finds through hashtags, geotags, google searches and news feeds. In her woven work, Wolowiec selects images and text which she puts through a multi-step process that begins with a dye-sublimation transfer onto polymer threads. She then weaves on a traditional floor loom to create woven panels which she continues to dye and paint throughout the weaving process. Her video works look at the digital screen in a similarly tactile way, referencing screen savers or "drawing" with text captured in long, single shots. Faced with continual changes in the current political climate, Wolowiec uses her practice as a method of processing, distilling, and understanding information.
She 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 in Los Angeles, Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco, Arsenal Contemporary Art Center in Montreal, and the Detroit Center for Photography. She has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Craft and Design (San Francisco), di Rosa Center (Napa), Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco), Laura Bartlett Gallery (London) and Lisa Cooley Gallery (New York). She was a panelist at the Helen Frankenthaler institute in Manhattan for the Material Concerns and Current Practices series, and has lectured at Maryland Institute College of the Arts, San Francisco State University, and Penland School of Arts. She was a visiting critic at California College of the Arts and the Textile Art Center in Brooklyn, NY.
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