Henning Strassburger at Christopher West Presents until March 4, 2011.
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4 Star Gallery will be presenting “Mounts,” an exhibition of Carla Knopp‘s paintings. This is the first public showing of the entire series. Regular MWC readers already know, but here’s our interview with her. Also, here’s Henri Art’s interview.
Reception is Friday, Oct 16, 5-9 pm. Show runs through Nov 14.
Another cool-looking September show: SURFACE: Medium & Message at Ruschman Gallery in Indianapolis features work by personal faves like Anthony Pontius and Betsy Stirratt as well as a couple of folks that I’m not familiar with, J. Ivcevich and Michael Lile. The show opens September 5th, 2008 and runs through the 27th.
Mount M from the series Mount
The other day I heard author Michael Chabon ( The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, Gentlemen of the Road) on Fresh Air with Terry Gross speak about using “What If…” premises. It’s an enabling device that lets Chabon write funny, actually exciting books; books that refer lovingly to genre novels and other less-than-high-art literary forms. It also readily invites complex and serious questions about the topic at hand. “What if Such and Such….?” becomes “Why NOT Such and Such…?” and, inevitably, “Why IS Such and Such…?” Chabon’s not sermonizing, he’s playfully leading us to question assumptions.
Carla Knopp’s paintings act much the same as Michael Chabon’s writing. I see the premise. I play along. Thinking ensues. The paintings are engaging visually; fun to look at. The starting-point What If…’s are readily graspable. Sometimes these questions come in the form of quirky, postmodern allegories, like the Love Hovels series (which she describes by saying, “I imagine chaotic snippets of unknowable lives.”) Sometimes they seem to come from apparent connections to other artists–Redon, Ryder, early American Modernists, etc. etc. Sometimes it seems the questions are really about how paint acts physically. As she writes in her artist’s statement, “The overall experience is one of groping about. This can yield surprising results.”
Carla was kind enough to answer some questions for us about her work. Without further ado… (more…)