Michael Kent Knutson
And Will All Float On | 2012 | acrylic | 48 x 40 inc
Emotions can strongly be prompted by a place. My work does not describe picturesque views, but cinematic scenes, with a strong sense of impending drama. I draw visual inspiration from structures and environments that show a history that could only be acquired from years of depletion. Painting within the presence of darkness allows me to convey an emotional inflection to the work. I am interested in competing light sources and the play of light on surfaces. The surface is rendered in a representational manner, and I like to fracture form with paint and accentuate light through brushwork. The surface becomes visually captivating and eerily mysterious at the same time. My artistic language applied to slightly isolated yet familiar landscapes allows the viewer to transcend a common place to make the insignificant significant.
I utilize the figure in offbeat scenarios to deliver impact, while still retaining a sense of focus. Every paint stroke harbors intent, yet I try to create with abandonment. Using the archetype of a working-class male, who encounters surreal memories of his past and projections of his future, I allude to the desire for increasing one's social standing. Using elements like bathrobes as symbolic references to link certain characters through a sequence of time and events, the figure is generally disorientated and struggling to make sense of his surroundings. Though the process of addition and subtraction the viewer is hopefully left with fragments of memories suspended in time. The figures in the work are losing control of what is real and what is imagined, while still being present in their own reality.
June 14 - July 6, 2013