June 25, 2011
Opening reception: May 25, 2011, 6-8 pm
Grace Knowlton’s sculptures explore strong, affirmative and essentially present forms, endowing them with weight, mass,and a definite, affirmative presence. Seen at close range, however, the artist’s attention to details of material and texture endow them with a mitigating delicacy and subtlety. Knowlton executes her pieces with a grace and balance of form that evokes an ideal partnership between positive and negative space, a stasis that is alive, active, poised.
Just as Knowlton’s attentive eye and hand allow her to tease out the delicacy and grace that lurk within massive forms, in photography she exposes objects whose very ubiquity bestows upon them a sort of false invisibility. In the past, white-painted corners, bones, artists’ work stools, and saw horses have drawn her attention, revealing their unseen details in elegant prints. In this most recent body of photographic work, Knowlton turns her attention to hands, taking her process a step further by manipulating the images prior to printing. Knowlton received her Master of Arts in Art Education at Columbia University Teacher’s College in New York after earning a Bachelor of Arts at Smith College in Massachusetts. Knowlton has exhibited all over the world, and her work appears in many public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.