In Ascensions, his fist solo show in the UK, Knauf will be exploring the possibilities of classical figurative oil painting as a way for the artist to relate himself and his work to history, art practice and issues of artistic self determination.
What have we really learned from the masters? What does it mean to be an art practitioner in this contemporary landscape? How does the act of oil painting – its careful layering, its tender materiality, the long hours of waiting involved in the drying process – cause a temporal rupture in a world in which everything is accelerating and success is simultaneously fast and fleeting?
Investigating the material and critical meaning of these question ‘in the flesh,’ through cutting and exposing the layers of paint, Knauf’s representations show the precarization of the historical body. In this way, his ‘allegories’ become critical footnotes to the relations between artistic creation, history and fiction.
May 12th 2016 |17.00 – 21.00 pm | The Crypt Gallery,
Euston Road, London, NW1 2BA
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