March 28: As we all shelter-in-place separately, in some surprising ways we are more together than ever. During this time, The Fourth Wall will present a series of online exhibitions on our website, titled From the Studio. This week, we are pleased to feature works on paper, paintings on panel, and a video from the studios of Manuel Angeja and Devon McKnight. Both artists were scheduled for separate two-person shows, which have been postponed. We look forward to those shows in the future. Please stay safe and well.
View the entire From the Studio series: 1.Manuel Angeja and Devon McKnight, 2.Victoria May and Nancy Youdelman, 3.Kim Bennett and Carrie Lederer, 4.Sydney Cohen and Carlo Ricafort, 5.Mel Adamson and Alexandra Uchida, and 6.Zach Bohny and Vered Gersztenkorn.
"I just want to change my idea of painting and break it up or disembody it as much as possible, like moving across the country. You try to change your surrounding to pull yourself from your comforts to experience change and stay open. It's such a simple basic idea.... I always respond more to pieces of mine that I dont understand or that make me unsure or even frustrated as opposed to the ones that click." – Devon McKnight
"I am committed to the material practice of painting. I have a belief and understanding that content and concepts come out of working with and looking at materials.... I like to think of what I do with paint and canvas in terms of craft. It’s an old and slow communicative tradition." – Manuel Angeja
About the Artists
Manuel Angeja is a San Francisco painter whose work has been described as creating “unstable meditations that lie somewhere between abstraction and text-based art… ultimately undefinable.” He has exhibited throughout the Bay Area and in New York, including CoLab Factory, Brooklyn, NY, Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA, Five Points Gallery and SUB-Mission Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Angeja earned a BFA (2006) as well as an MFA (2014) from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He is an apprentice tree pruner and works as an art preparator.
Devon McKnight hails from Greensboro, North Carolina where she studied Painting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She traveled to California seeking a new landscape and completed her Masters of Fine Art at San Jose State University in 2015. After graduating she lived and worked in East Oakland but has since returned home to North Carolina where she helps run a community arts organization. McKnight’s work has been shown throughout the United States, as well as Australia. Her practice comes out of a history of formality within painting and a desire to break apart or unmap the structures of our dysfunctional systems: social, artistic, political, educational. She has curated her own and other artist’s work through an artist collective called Spare Room and is a contributing writer to The Coastal Post.