Artist: Alison Knowles
Curator: Caterina Gualco
Archivio Emily Harvey
San Polo 387, second floor
30125 Venice, Italy
Opening: Friday, June 23, 2006, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Until August 5, 2006
Tuesday to Saturday, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Artist and performer Alison Knowles presents new works in paper, entitled Time
Samples. The prints of the series A Rake's Progress, shown in the gallery's
first room, were made with a twisted garden rake employed like a pencil in wet
pulp. Here this rake is displayed on a table. Knowles' new book Time Samples
(Granary Books, New York) opens out into a leporello, and here spills down the
wall. Book Jacket, a shirt suspended from the ceiling, has the pages of two
books embedded in its folds. Two Poets Tee and Emily Harvey's Overalls are
similarly displayed. The objects presented in the rear room of the gallery were
appropriated in cities and natural settings all around the world, and the
artist presents them for examination, one at time, to be held in the hand.
Small tags offer clues to their identity. Curator Caterina Gualco writes: You
make me see things I was not able to see before, and that is the mystery of
Knowles is a founding member of the Fluxus group and a Guggenheim fellow. She
has received awards from the New York State Council on the Arts and the
National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a residency grant from Germany's
DAAD. She has also resided in Kassel as a guest of Documenta. In 2003, she
received the College Art Association Award for Lifetime Achievement, as well as
an honorary doctorate from the Maine College of Art.
The exhibition's catalogue, with an essay by George Quasha, is available online
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