21 July 2022
FAR - Villa Sucota
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In this lecture John Knight retraces the last three decades of his artistic practice through some of his projects, characterized by a close confrontation with the social, cultural, political and architectural contexts in which they are positioned.
Since the late 1960's, the elusive Los Angeles-based artist John Knight has pioneered the practices of site-specificity and institutional critique, always interested in interrogating the underlying geopolitical and economic systems implicit in everyday conventions. Eschewing a signature style, Knight prefers to work in situ, engaging with and responding to the context of each unique site. Often utilizing the visual strategies of architecture, advertising, and corporate design, Knight's multilayered projects challenge the art establishment and its relationship to a larger global politic.
John Knight (b. 1945) lives in Los Angeles and works in situ. Recent exhibitions include Cabinet, London (2022), CCA, Kitakyushu, Japan (2019), Ordet, Milan (2019), établissement d'en face, Brussels (2018), Cultuurcentrum, Strombeek (2017) Sculpture Project Munster (2017), SMAK, Ghent (2017), Cabinet, London (2016), REDCAT, Los Angeles (2016), Art Institute of Chicago (2015), Greene Naftali, New York (2015), Portikus, Frankfurt (2013), Galerie Neu/MD72, Berlin (2013), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2012), Whitney Biennial (2012), MOCA, Los Angeles (2010); and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2009).