John Knuth

Big Black, 2018
Polyethethylene, mirrored Mylar, grommets, acrylic on canvas
5½ x 14 feet

Artist Statement
The work is positioned on the fence running along the Silver Lake Reservoir path so the viewer can see the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance, the Silver Lake hills in the middle ground and the man made concrete Silver Lake Reservoir directly behind the artwork.  Knuth continues to reinvent how images are made, and how that process informs the meaning of his work. He is deeply invested in an ongoing exploration of how depictions of our rapidly changing landscape are rendered and presented. Knuth has employed Mylar and plastic in recent works, repurposing the highly reflective, and jet black surface to create an abstracted mountain shape possibly blacked by a wildfire or a crashing black wave.

John Knuth was born in 1978 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He received an MFA from University of Southern California and a BFA from the University of Minnesota. Knuth’s recent solo exhibitions include The Origin of The New World at Hollis Taggart, NYC; Elevated Uncertainty at Marie Kirkegaard, Copenhagen, Denmark; Powerplant at Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy; Base Alchemy at 5 Car Garage, Santa Monica, CA; Master Plan at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL; and Fading Horizon at Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA. His works has recently been included in group shows at International Print Center, New York, NY; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY; MassArt, Boston, MA; Self-Titled, Tilburg, NL; Loudhailer, Greene Exhibitions, China Art Objects and Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, CA, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.