For No Title, his first solo exhibition at Stumptown’s Downtown location, John David Knight has made paintings with materials such as vegetable oil, Fred Meyer Bacon and Red Baron pizza. These economically purchased consumables emerge as raw materials accompanying painting. They are readied, cheap and self-preserving, appearing here as ornamentation, decoration and patterning on surface.
The works in No Title mirror, mimic, and look the part of a limitless amount of branded artworks. They desire the .jpeg image of art available online via the art blog. Seemingly patterned and spilled, they are both in reference to large abstractions and Ikea textiles. In such, No Title stands for landscape painting, sofa painting, expressionist painting, blue chip painting, abject painting, and whatever else painting. In the image of “contemporary” and “current” art, these pieces are prepared and mechanically readied like so-called gourmet frozen meals found at mega grocers. For immediate consumption.
John David Knight currently attends Pacific Northwest College of Art’s master’s class in visual studies. He has recently exhibited in Portland at Disjecta, ΜΕΣ(s)Α Project Space, and Lodge Gallery at Allied Works and in Cincinnati at Third Party Gallery.
On view November 4 – November 30, 2012
Opening reception 5-7pm Sunday November 4