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Negative Entropy
2012-

Negative Entropy is a series of abstract Jacquard woven portraits of industrial and information production.

The subject of these portraits are factories that employ industrial textile Jacquard looms (a precursor to digital technology) and computer data center sites that comprise the new economy infrastructure. These works are simultaneously images and material records of their own making.

Field recordings of production sounds were made at each site, then transmuted into digital spectrogram images using a linguistic audio software. Color was assigned to the wave forms, then translated into a pattern by a weaving technician to create a Jacquard fabric.

The first group in this series was made in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop as part of the Artist-in-Residence program.

Negative Entropy (Kim Reddick Jacquard Card Cutter, Pink, double)

2015
Cotton, polyester, rayon, wood, wool acoustic baffling felt
Courtesy of TARO NASU
Photo by Keiko KIOKU

Negative Entropy (Kazue Kobata, Blue, single)

2015
Cotton, polyester, rayon, wood, wool acoustic baffling felt
Courtesy of TARO NASU
Photo by Keiko KIOKU

Negative Entropy (NYU Central Data Center, high Performance Computing, hot pink, quad)

2015
Cotton, polyester, rayon, wood, wool acoustic baffling felt
Courtesy of TARO NASU
Photo by Keiko KIOKU

Negative Entropy (Caledonia Dyeworks, quad)

2014
Cotton, polyester, rayon, wood, wool acoustic baffling felt
Courtesy of TARO NASU
Photo by Keiko KIOKU

Installation view at Eleven Rivington, NY

2014
Negative Entropy (Langhorne Carpet Mill, quad) [left] and Untitled [right]
Cotton, polyester, rayon, wood, wool acoustic baffling felt
Courtesy of 11R

Installation view at Eleven Rivington, NY

2014
Negative Entropy (Caledonia Dyeworks, quad) [left] and Negative Entropy (Edward J Darby & Sons Pennsylvania Wireworks, quad) [right]
Cotton, polyester, rayon, wood, wool acoustic baffling felt
New Karesansui [foreground]
Stainless steel, silica sand
Furniture Art (Medellin) [background left], Furniture Art (Vieques) [background middle], and Furniture Art (Da Nang) [background right]
Thermoformed acrylic, spray enamel
Courtesy of 11R

New Karesansui

2014
Stainless steel, silica sand
Courtesy of 11R

Negative Entropy series

2012
from left to right:
Negative Entropy (Philadelphia Technology Park, Router Room, single),
Negative Entropy (Philadelphia Technology Park, Server Room, single),
Negative Entropy (Caledonia Dye Works, single),
Negative Entropy (Material Technology & Logistics, Inc., single),
Negative Entropy (Langhorne Carpet Mill, single), Negative Entropy (Edward J Darby & Son, Inc. Pennsylvania Wire Works, single)
Cotton, wood, acoustic baffling felt

Installation view at Eleven Rivington, NY

2014
Negative Entropy (Caledonia Dyeworks, quad) [left] and Negative Entropy (Edward J Darby & Sons Pennsylvania Wireworks, quad) [right]
Cotton, polyester, rayon, wood, wool acoustic baffling felt
Courtesy of 11R

Negative Entropy (Philadelphia Technology Park Router Room, single)

2012
Cotton, wood, acoustic baffling felt

Negative Entropy (Langhorne Carpet Mill, single)

2012
Cotton, wood, acoustic baffling felt

Negative Entropy (Philadelphia Technology Park, Server Room, single)

2012
Cotton, wood, acoustic baffling felt

Negative Entropy (Caledonia Dye Works, single)

2012
Cotton, wood, acoustic baffling felt

Negative Entropy (Edward J Darby & Son, Inc. Pennsylvania Wire Works, single)