Rozendaal’s tapestries—woven via a mechanized process on Jacquard looms—take up much of the gallery’s walls with their assorted patterns of squares, rectangles, and bars. Though they resonate with modernist geometric abstraction, these compositions are rooted in technology, from concept to composition. To make them, he began by creating a plugin that reveals the underlying structure of the websites he visits. Applying this tool to a myriad of websites, he ultimately selected those whose architecture seemed to lend itself well to art. Many social media sites were among those that made the cut, including Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter.
While the websites on which Rozendaal’s tapestries are based are not immediately recognizable, the titles of each work identify its source. This information prompts viewers to fill in the text and images that the artist has stripped away. Here, Rozendaal highlights the similarities between a pixel and a stitch, and likewise the artistry embedded in code. Afterall, he characterizes
the websites that caught his eye as “weird hybrids of human design and machine optimizing.”