ABOUT

Kathranne Knight was born in Iowa in 1967. She received an MFA from The Yale University School of Art and a BA from The University of Texas at Austin.  She has been artist in residence at Donald Judd’s Chinati Foundation and the Connemara Conservancy Foundation, Dallas, Texas. Her work has been shown in The Danforth Museum of Art, Mass MoCA, and The Des Moines Art Center, and in exhibitions at Carroll and Sons Gallery, (Boston, MA), Geoffrey Young Gallery, (Gt. Barrington, MA) Muriel Guepin Gallery, (New York, NY) and many others. Knight received the Iowa Artist Fellowship in 2014.

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2015- The End of the Line.  There is a heightened sense of meaning, an intense awareness of things in the world during grief.  It throttles signification into high gear and no material or event is just material or event, but a major forecast and token of how things are either fully connected or not at all.  It is a broad net.  Sticky, amber flypaper rolled into links that become part of a chain; tracings of a smooth, arched river stone; paper rising up to hold aloft and then absorb a tear, all become metaphor or simile or prophecy.

2010-2014 The line as horizon is a picture device and a psychological place. In the drawing the horizon is made up of dashed lines, which refer to the process of its own making and provide a rhythmic, syncopated space. It is a place where two things meet, not only land and sky or water and sky, but also day meeting night in the form of a sunset. You ride off into it—the end of one thing and the beginning of another, uncertain future. While we might think of the sunset as a comforting trope, I want to show the hovering, unstable moment produced at this juncture of past and present. Formally, the thing is built through the accretion of vertical and horizontal lines taken from Mondrian, Van Gogh, and the Bauhaus Weavers. For a bit of big sky romanticism I searched Thomas Cole, Donald Judd and the films of John Ford.

2005-2009  A single dot of ink repeated randomly until it isn’t random any longer. Sometimes, a stamp depicting the dots is used alongside the actual handmade dots.