April 3 - May 8
The Fourth Wall is pleased to present works by Bay Area artist, musician and educator, Jaime C. Knight in an exhibition titled In the Morning Brightness. Knight’s work investigates the radical intricacies of queer subjectivity through a conceptual investigation of the historical, political, cultural and psychological discourses that have affected its development. His process blends research and material experimentation.
Drawing for me has always existed as an experimental practice and one I have consistently returned to over the last decade. Forced to approach it obliquely because I am not naturally inclined towards rendering, I’ve developed a practice which is almost sculptural. Beginning with drawings of heavy graphite I lay down a solid field of many layers. I use a needle to etch a line, erasers and sand paper to remove material and a chamois to polish and refine the surface. Materially I am interested in the quality the heavy graphite gives to the "drawn" object, how the etched line both appears and disappears with the reflecting light and operates as another code for queerness. The haptic quality of the surface alongside the elusive nature of the image combine to give the work a unique characteristic. The surface of these drawings is largely indelible. Once a mark is made it is impossible to delete. As a result my process with this technique has become very deliberate, often relying on mechanical and computational means. This process starts with a reference image or images. Vector drawings are created and the images are collaged together using Illustrator. I then use a laser cutter to etch the initial drawing into the surface and rework or add using a needle tool. The play between the "perfect" line achieved through technology and the hand drawn or worked adds another element to the work.
- Jaime Knight
Since 2011 I have been exploring images culled from the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, an archived collection of mostly Greek painted ceramics from antiquity. Founded on Oxford University's Beazley Archive, this online collection has provided me with source material for a number of drawings, objects and prints. Searching the archive with particular keywords gives rise to images of ancient Greek same sex sociality and relationships. For me, these images are cypher and metaphor. They speak to my own coming out (in a young queer’s obsession with greek imagery) and the idiom "going Greek"; but also to a sexual/political coming out with my first reading of Foucault's History of Sexuality. Research in the archive continues to be an inspiration and the work has evolved to become more abstracted and coded.
- Jaime C. Knight
Jaime C. Knight is an artist, musician and educator whose practice investigates the radical intricacies of queer subjectivity through a conceptual investigation of the historical, political, cultural and psychological discourses that have affected its development. In his work research and material experimentation inform the creation of metaphorical objects, images, spaces and performances. Born and raised in Albuquerque, he grew up California. He received his BFA from the University of New Mexico, an MA in Education from San Francisco State University and an MFA from the University of Iowa. His work utilizes drawn and printed material, sculptural objects and installation, and time based media. Some of his recent projects explore the history of Southern California gay motorcycle clubs, the correlation between the AIDS crisis and nuclear threat of the Reagan era, ideas of queer utopianism and longing and representations of gays in history and contemporary media. He is currently assistant professor in Print at the California College of the Arts.