Grace Knowlton is a New York based artist who creates sculptures, drawings, mixed media and photography and is well-known for her outdoors sphere installations. Her work has been included in many major exhibitions and is in permanent collections of major museums and corporate collections, including at the Garrison Art Center, Storm King Art Center and at the Lesley Heller Workspace. Grace lives and works in Rockland County, New York.
My sculptures are closed spherical forms of various materials – clay, concrete, styrofoam and paint, steel and copper. They are created by an ancient technique involving the laying on of hands.
Drawing is the most direct and vital of the art forms. It can be powerful, yet questioning; tentative, yet full of conviction.
In the late 70’s I took a course in photography as part of a degree program. Immediately I found myself aiming my camera into interior corners, and if they weren’t white I painted them white. Then I got an 8×10 camera and continued my work with corners, using the 8×10 negatives to make platinum prints; platinum greatly enhanced the subtle tones and textures of the whites. My goal was to create a transcendent visual experience from an overlooked and ordinary reality.
My new work combines drawing, painting, and photography, as well as printmaking. My subject matter has gone from seeds to bones; from elegant white corners to aged and broken wooden chairs – perhaps a metaphor for life.
On view March 24 thru May 6
Opening Reception Saturday, March 24, 2018 2pm to 5pm