Silke Otto-Knapp "Interiors"

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In Silke Otto-Knapp’s new works rooms, screens (partitions, windows, paintings within paintings) and stages together form a picture of what painting could be as a space of appearance: spaces become screens; screens become paintings; paintings become stages. As figures and their backdrops emerge from colours and surfaces these painted forms reveal themselves to be exactly what they are, while exploring the settings in which women have appeared and performed throughout the history of modernity.

Otto-Knapp's new paintings project different scenes, moments and constellations, yet do not follow a central plot, biography or choreography. What the paintings foreground rather is the moment and motion of appearance itself: the way spaces open up, and how figures make their appearance on the stage of these spaces. And the making of appearance is also always what painting does as a medium, creating visibility in its own particular mode. It is these two modes of appearance - social and painterly - that Otto Knapp merges, dissects and recomposes in paintings which address their own form in the same breath as affirming presence.



from January 21, 2010 to February 20, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-01-21 from 19:00 to 21:00

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