Monday, September 19, 2016

THROWING SHADOWS, SOLO EXHIBITION @ GALERIE ALAIN GUTHARC, PARIS

Throwing Shadows : New Paintings By Kris Knight 
October 8 - November 19, 2016 
Vernissage - October 8, 2016 
Galerie Alain Gutharc  7, rue Saint-Claude 75003 Paris • t : 00 33 (0)1 47 00 32 10 • f : 00 33 (0)1 40 21 72 74 • 


Kris Knight "The Climber" Oil on Canvas, 16x12" 2016 

Avec Throwing Shadows, l’artiste canadien Kris Knight poursuit son exploration de l’ambigu et de l’intime dans l'exercice du portrait en peinture. Il propose une nouvelle série de tableaux à l’huile, dont les modèles paraissent simul- tanément proches et distants de celui qui les représente. Déployant une intense gamme d’ombres dans les tons pastels qui caractérisent son travail, les portraits de ces garçons homosexuels que Kris Knight réalise sont troublants. Étrange- ment figés dans une quiétude qui semble irréelle, ils trahissent les vies passées, présentes et imaginaires que l'artiste a décidé de projeter sur eux. Il utilise la théâtralité inhérente à la tradition du portrait pour tenter de capturer une beauté immédiate et vulnérable, qui s'impose sans artifice.
Les modèles représentés adressent rarement un regard franc à la personne qui les observe. Ils lui imposent plutôt leurs contradictions : dans leur apparente quiétude, ils semblent rougir du désir qui les anime, comme s'ils hési- taient entre l'envie de regarder et celle de l'être, entre la nécessité d'exister et le besoin de disparaître. En ce sens, les ombres qui se dessinent sur leur visages jouent un rôle important, révélant le tourment de ces garçons et leur incapacité à s'échapper d'eux-mêmes.
Dans leur ambiguïté, les portraits délicats de Kris Knight évoquent des émotions mouvantes, des expériences contradictoires, telles que la solitude, la compétitivité, la torpeur. Ils expriment la disparition et l'amour, le besoin de re- connaissance et l'envie de s'en sortir, le travestissement de l'être et la nécessité de l'intime. Certains tableaux sont sombres et mélancoliques. D'autres, plus lumineux, teintés d'humour et de sensualité, d'élégance et de douceur.
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In Throwing Shadows Canadian artist Kris Knight continues his exploration of ambiguity and intimacy in figurative painting, presenting a new series of oil paintings that are simultaneously intimate and remote. Done in the dark pastel style that the artist is known for - Knight’s character paintings of gay men are quietly static in their positioning and oddly calming in their atmosphere. The gentle, almost delicate portraits are a parade of performers that Knight continuously inhabits in metaphor; projections of the artist’s past and present self and the lives and experiences of those around him. He embraces the historic “staginess” of traditional portraiture, aiming to find natural beauty and vulnerability in moments that are artificially framed.
Shadowed and veiled faces often do not directly address the viewer; rather Knight’s characters are contradictions: quiet in repose yet flush with restlessness – they creep with a desire to gaze, a longing to be seen, and a need to disap- pear. Shadows play just an equally important role as the characters that cast them in these new paintings – they are thrown, distorted, but never escaped.
Within their apparent ambiguity, Knight’s sensitive paintings and portraits evoke a series of shifting emotions, themes and experiences – from loneliness, competiveness, numbness, loss, and love, to the need to seek attention, the need to put on airs and perform, the need to cope and the need for privacy. Some works are dark and melancholic; others are tinged with notes of humor and sensuality, sweetness, elegance and light. 

For more information, press inquiries or to preview available works please contact gutharc@free.fr


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Thursday, July 7, 2016

BOYCOTT MAGAZINE, SPRING/SUMMER 2016


Art feature and interview by Ariel Kenig in the new issue of BOYCOTT Magazine - out now.

"SEA, SEX AND SUN" GROUP SHOW @ GALERIE ALAIN GUTHARC, PARIS


photo: Joachim Schmid, Meeting #6 (2007), pigment ink print - 40 x 50 cm

"Sea, Sex and Sun" group show at Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris
July 5 - 30th, 2016

For more information or to preview works please contact the gallery

Daniel Firman, Laurent Goumarre, Ingo Maurer, David Medalla, Philippe Million, Olivier Mourgue, Cécile Noguès, Nøne Futbol Club, Verner Panton, Pierre Paulin, Vincent J. Stoker, Philip Vormwald, Kris Knight

Vernissage le samedi 2 juillet 2016
Exposition du 5 au 30 juillet 2016  

L'été s'annonce. La ritournelle « sea, sex and sun » nous remet en mémoire les accords langoureux et sensuels chantés par Gainsbourg qui ne manque pas de faire son retour tous les ans.
Pour célébrer la fin de la saison, la Galerie Alain Gutharc a souhaité jouer d'une certaine ironie et faire un clin d'oeil à la fameuse série de John Armleder, « Furniture Sculpture », initiée en 1979. En associant des objets de mobilier à des peintures abstraites, l'artiste suisse portait un regard enjoué sur le devenir décoratif des avant-gardes, tout en assumant le refus de l'académisme de son héritage Fluxus.
L'exposition "Sea, Sex and Sun" met en scène un jeu d'associations entre des artistes et des designers, proposant un dialogue jouissif et insolent autour du principe de décoration d'intérieur, avec des jeux d'esprit et des malentendus heureux.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

ART BRUSSELS - YIA ART FAIR

Kris Knight "Revisions" Oil on Canvas, 20x16" 2016 

New paintings will be featured at YIA (Young International Art Fair) with Galerie Alain Gutharc during Art Brussels, April 21-24, 2016.  For more information please contact the gallery.

PRETTY BOYS (THE WALRUS, MAY 2016 ISSUE)

Kris Knight "Pansy" Oil on Canvas, 20x16" 2015

New article in the May 2016 issue of The Walrus by Sasha Chapin.  You can read the entire article here.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

GERMAN ART MAGAZINE (JANUARY 2016 ISSUE)


New article in the January 2016 issue of German Art by Claudia Bodin.  The article is also available online here.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

UNTITLED MIAMI BEACH

Kris Knight "Backstage" Oil on Canvas, 24x18" 2015 - To Inquire about this piece please contact Katharine Mulherin 

Exhibiting new works with Katharine Mulherin at Untitled Miami Beach, Booth #D29, December 2 - 6, 2015
Ocean Drive and 12th Street, South Beach, Miami

Untitled is an international curated art fair that focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art. Founded in 2012, Untitled selects a curatorial team to identify, and curate a selection of galleries, artist-run exhibition spaces, and non-profit institutions and organizations, in discussion with an architecturally designed venue. The dialogue developed between the curators and architects, and the collaboration with galleries and their artists, creates a diverse range of programming, performances, discussions, events and special artist projects that furthers Untitled's innovative approach
to the standard fair model.

For more information, passes, or to preview works please contact Katharine Mulherin.

FULL MOON @ SPINELLO PROJECTS, MIAMI

Kris Knight "The Jasmine Tree" Oil on Canvas, 30x24" 2015 - To Inquire about this work please contact Spinello Projects


Full Moon - Spinello Decade Celebration
SPINELLO PROJECTS
7221 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33150

Vernissage:
Monday, November 30, 2015, 8-11pm
Exhibition Runs until January 8, 2016

MIAMI, 13 OCTOBER 2015; SPINELLO PROJECTS IS PLEASED TO PRESENT ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION ENTITLED FULL MOON, INAUGURATING THE GALLERY’S NEW, 5000 SQFT SPACE IN THE HEART OF MIAMI’S LITTLE RIVER

“Full Moon” reflects a specific time on the lunar calendar characterized by mystery, magic, and mayhem. The Full Moon is understood, both within vernacular and occult cultures, to be a time of transition, of letting go, and of reaching full potential. A symbolic, purifying gesture is undertaken during this phase of the Lunar Cycle, whereupon old identities, attitudes, and behaviors are shed in favor of more vibrant, more vital possibilities.

All ten Spinello Projects represented artists will participate: Farley Aguilar, Kris Knight, Aramis Gutierrez, Sinisa Kukec, Manny Prieres, Santiago Rubino, Naama Tsabar, TYPOE, Agustina Woodgate, and Antonia Wright. Special live performances by past collaborators will include Psychic Youth, Inc. and Franky Cruz.

From the gallery’s debut in what was Anthony Spinello’s modest Wynwood apartment in 2005 to the 5,000 sqft anchor gallery in Miami’s Little River, Spinello Projects invites you to come celebrate a new decade. This substantial expansion is undoubtedly a milestone for Spinello Projects and the Miami art community and will allow the program to grow, mature, and continue its mission: initiating fundamental change in Miami’s visual landscape and presenting new challenges to a broader global viewership.
For more information or to preview works please contact Spinello Projects 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

NEVER-NEVER, SOLO EXHIBITION @ KATHARINE MULHERIN, TORONTO

Kris Knight "Bound (I Head Every Word)", Oil on Canvas, 24x18" 2015

Never-Never, a solo exhibition of new works will open September 10th - Oct 11th, 2015 at Katharine Mulherin in Toronto (1086 Queen Street W).  Opening reception will take place Thursday September 10th 6-9Pm.  For more information or to see works available from the show please contact the gallery at info@katharinemulherin.com
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Friday, April 24, 2015

ART MARKET SAN FRANCISCO 2015

"Sun Hat" (right) "Moon Maze" (left) Oil on prepared cotton paper,  28x22" 2015 


Exhibiting new paperworks with Katharine Mulherin at Art Market San Francisco 2015 (booth 533) April 29 - May 3, 2015.  For more information on the fair, passes or to see current works available please contact Katharine Mulherin.