Grace Knowlton: Corners on Aluminum

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Grace Knowlton:  Original never-before-exhibited photographic work from the architectural Corner Series printed on anodized aluminum.  Reception: Sunday, 06/15/14; 2-5PM.  Runs through August 2014.  The OUTSIDE IN, Piermont NY; Wednesday-Saturday 11-6, Sunday 12-5, or by appointment.

These architectural photographs from the Corner Series by Grace Knowlton are a unique and original collection of never-before-exhibited works printed on anodized aluminum.  The process of sub-surface printing on anodized aluminum infuses and seals dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets, creating long-lasting, durable images that are virtually impervious to abrasion, chemicals, moisture and humidity. This process made its art world debut in 1986 with Rauschenberg’s Art Car, a BMW 635 CSi, the 6th in BMW’s collection of Art Cars and the first to have its bodywork decorated with photographic material.  Knowlton was invited by Northern Engraving, a Wisconsin Company specializing in faux interiors for automobiles, to experiment with this process using images from the Corner Series.

Grace Knowlton’s Corner Series were photographed at her home in Sneden’s Landing, NY, a converted barn on old farmland.  Knowlton began photographing during graduate study at Columbia University in the early eighties pointing a large format camera at white interior corners, “preferably with cracks and irregularities”, if not white they were painted.  The artist compares her photographic work to spare, abstract drawings; realism viewed abstractly.  These dynamic views of architectural space are intended to create a mood of quiet meditation.  They present the viewer with shifting realities and uncertain depths resulting in a transcendent visual experience from an often overlooked and ordinary reality.

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 and has taught at the Art Students League among other teaching posts.   Internationally known, Ms. Knowlton has been widely exhibited, and is represented in many public and private collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.; Yale University Museum of Art, New Haven; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City.  Knowlton has been featured in Art in America, The New Yorker, Architectural Digest, Arts Magazine, The New York Times, Sculpture Magazine and Vogue.

Artist webpage (here).