Aperture Magazine, Issue 236. Garth Greenwell on Mark McKnight.

Aperture Magazine, issue 236. Spotlight: Garth Greenwell on Mark McKnight.

“McKnight's willingness to abide with the irreconcilable gives these photographs their quality of inexhaustibility; it transforms them into objects of contemplation. Perhaps the contradiction in the work I can least account for, and that therefore feels most powerful to me, is the fact that although McKnight rejects so many of the usual sources of affect — facial expression, social context, identifiable narrative — his work is drenched in affect, supersaturated with emotion in a way that feels almost operatic, exuberantly queer…”

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The Procession: Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles @ VACATION, New York

The Procession @ VACATION, New York

“The exhibition features new and recent works by Trenton Doyle Hancock, Annie Lapin, Mark McKnight, Naudline Pierre, Fay Ray, Michael Stamm, Cammie Staros, and Summer Wheat. The exhibition title refers to a group of individuals moving as a collective body—often in celebration—to a common destination. Works within the exhibition address many of the prevalent themes found within the gallery’s program. The exploration of personal narrative, art history, and the body are used as a means to better understand our social, political, and cultural moment.”

With:

Trenton Doyle Hancock, Naudline Pierre, Mark McKnight, Annie Lapin, Fay Ray, Michael Stamm, Cammie Staros, Summer Wheat

Organized by Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles

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Contemporary Art Writing Daily, Mark McKnight in Automatic Door, Park View / Paul Soto

Contemporary Art Writing Daily. Mark McKnight in Automatic Door, Park View / Paul Soto.

“The vast amount of flesh smeared on everything, our stores full of them, our faces spread at 10 meter heights. Everywhere; a hall of mirrors. As if Bernd and Hilla Becher had foretold of a, this, complete surveillance…. And our bodies become so extracted, mined, and repackaged, that we start to feel like we don't have bodies at all. And then here a photo of a body still surprising, that can endear us to it, these weird incongruous things not yet fully extracted.”

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Automatic Door @ Park View / Paul Soto

Automatic Door @ Park View / Paul Soto, Los Angeles

August 7 – 30, 2019

“Instead of meaning or identity, I would like to create and support poetry and I would like to create and support poetry that is spiritual. This is the most radical position for me to inhabit I have come to realize. I want my heart to operate like an Automatic Door, opening as I sense your approach, letting everything in and remaining with that experience as time passes and my body decays..”

With:

Victoria Colmegna, Andy Giannakakis, Aidan Koch, Mark McKnight, Dylan Mira, Alex Olson, Matt Paweski, Autumn Ramsey, Mark A. Rodriguez, Kate Spencer Stewart, J. Parker Valentine, & Willa Wasserman

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Close to Home @ Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles

Close to Home @ Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles

March 2 - April 6, 2019

“Shulamit Nazarian is proud to present, Close to Home, a group exhibition of four photographers that mine their personal experiences–past and present–to express moments of intimacy within larger social and political structures. Engaging with the deep and complicated history of photographic portraiture, each artist renders his or her subjects in part as extensions of themselves, coded with personal and cultural references.”

With:

Erica Deeman, Mark McKnight, Eva O’Leary, and Larry Sultan

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Shadow and Shadow of Shadow @ Roger’s Office

Shadow and Shadow of Shadow @ Roger’s Office, Los Angeles

January 26th - February 23rd, 2019

“Roger’s Office presents an exhibition of works by Mark McKnight and Paul Pescador in which the artists reciprocally employ one another as the subject of their work in order to investigate their relationship not only to each other but also their respective creative practices…”

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Inlandia Institute publishes "In the Sunshine of Neglect: Defining Photographs & Radical Experiments.... 1950 - Present"

Inlandia Institute publishes "In the Sunshine of Neglect: Defining Photographs & Radical Experiments.... 1950 - Present"

194 photographs, 54 artists, 2 museums, 1 region. The simultaneous two-part exhibition at The California Museum of Photography and the Riverside Art Museum presents the work of groundbreaking photographers who for decades have used Inland Southern California as an tabula rasa laboratory for artistic experiment. The Inlandia Institute, the region’s premier literary organization, publishes the full 274-page exhibition catalogue.

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In the Sunshine of Neglect @ California Museum of Photography + Riverside Art Museum

In the Sunshine of Neglect: Defining Photographs & Radical Experiments… 1950 - Present @ California Museum of Photography

January 19, 2019 - April 28, 2019

With:

Ansel Adams, Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Laurie Brown, Judy Chicago, Joe Deal, John Divola, Christina Fernandez, Judy Fiskin, Robbert Flick, Anthony Hernandez, Richard Misrach, Mark McKnight, Allan Sekula, Julius Shulman, Joel Sternfeld, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Larry Sultan among others.

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Reviewed in City Arts Magazine

Reviewed in City Arts Magazine

“Even with no bodies in sight, Mark McKnight’s monochrome prints reveal a dedication to corporealness. Two evocative craters soak up shadows; rock formations swirl to suggest folds of skin. Meanwhile, McKnight, who’s showing for the first time in Seattle, obscures the topography of the male bodies in his photographs… (read on)”

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Reviewed in Photograph Magazine

Reviewed in Photograph Magazine

“‘Queering’ – a term that came out of queer theory in the 1980s and 1990s to challenge heterosexuality as the societal standard – has branched out, addressing a range of oppositional forces in art, literature, and beyond. Mark McKnight’s Turn Into, six immaculately printed black-and-white photographs at Seattle’s James Harris Gallery through October 13, expands on this discussion to reconsider the concept of “normality” with an aesthetically and conceptually poetic twist.” (read on…)

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Light Work Artist in Residence

Light Work, Artist in Residence

“Every year Light Work invites between twelve and fifteen artists to come to Syracuse to devote one month to creative projects. Over 400 artists have participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program, and many of them have gone on to achieve international acclaim.”

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Object Permanence: Andrew Cameron on Mark McKnight

Object Permanence: Andrew Cameron on Mark McKnight

(Published on the occasion of Mark McKnight: Turn Into, James Harris Gallery, 2018)

“The truly queer creates meaning where there has previously been little, and while it actively flirts with the possibility, it absolutely does not allow itself to be understood. Sometimes context is its own excuse, and sometimes a seed can only arrive at fertile soil chambered within layers of tough thorn, protected and obscure."

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Turn Into @ James Harris Gallery

Turn Into @ James Harris Gallery, Seattle

September 6 - October 13, 2018

“Between brutally direct, seemingly ‘straight’ depictions of sun-drenched concrete, sand, and skin is a kind of poetry that signal the artist's human concerns. The pictures suggest time, desire, and deterioration but also they occupy a kind of interstice. Situated between the real and the surreal, direct representation and construed meaning, the terrestrial and the ethereal – the pictures illuminate the medium's broader poetic and transformative potentials as much as they point towards the specificity of the artist's subjective experience.”

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Nikki Darling, "Shadow Boxing Mark McKnight"

Nikki Darling, "Shadow Boxing Mark McKnight"

(Published on the occasion of Mark McKnight: …if water forgets how to play mirror, Queens, Los Angeles, 2018)

“All good work seeks to re-orient us from a place in which we stand assured in our knowing. How is it then that we un-know in order to understand what we are truly looking at? What did Mark see for twenty-seven years when he looked in the mirror? What did he remove in order to see himself?”

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