DAVID KNOX

Statement

There is a relationship between the air and the body. The lungs expand as the exterior air fills within the body. This air passes through the lungs, the windpipe, and the mouth. Each defines the form of the air until it escapes as a formless vapor upon exhalation. The breath is a combination of moisture and warmth released from inside the body. Similar to the lungs of the body drawing in air, my art practice expands and contracts. At times my work expands across an interior of a space - an immersive experience where performers or participants are enacting the work, or it contracts to a one-on-one relation with an object or an image. My research oscillates between the intervals of making and doing. In making, the work is an action from the body - a mark, a trace, or evidence of a material from a time passed. In doing, the work resides within the body and transpires through an action in the present moment. As an artist, I look at the world and see a studio - a place for questioning, contemplating, exploring, and activating. I pay attention to the "everyday". My current practice explores the ephemeral. I am fascinated with air, breath, light, movement, sound, and time as materials. The immaterial quality provokes the question, how can I make these tangible through an experience?

Biography

David Jonathan Knox (b. 1988) is an artist who is also a model, dancer, and actor. He is currently living and working in Overland Park, Kansas. He holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from The Ohio State University where he received a Graduate Teaching Associateship and taught Beginning Drawing and Life Drawing. He exhibited work at the Wexner Center for the Arts in the 18th Annual Ohio Shorts Film Festival and The Ohio State University Urban Arts Space, where he received the Gilmore Art Scholarship. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. During this time, he exhibited numerous works of art at the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery. He also traveled to Florence, Italy for a printmaking residency at the Santa Reparata International School of Art and exhibited at their contemporary art gallery.