The Fourth Wall is pleased to present a solo show of recent work by Devon McKnight, a North Carolina painter with Bay Area ties. The paintings in this exhibition are a continuation of a decade-long exploration of form and color in space. McKnight's early installations functioned by activating the space within a room, creating a kind of charge between objects. These panels and watercolors explore the same formal issues within autonomous works. But, as discussed in the catalog interview, they are not made in isolation but in relation to one another. In curating The Absence of Others, it is our intent to focus on those relationships.
Devon McKnight hails from Climax, North Carolina where they studied painting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. They traveled to California seeking a new landscape and completed their Masters of Fine Art at San Jose State University in 2015. After graduating Devon lived and worked in East Oakland but has since returned home to North Carolina where they help run a community arts organization. McKnight’s work has been shown throughout the United States, as well as Australia. They have participated in various residencies including RAYGUN in Toowoomba, Australia and LIKEWISE in Portland, Oregon. Their 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. Devon has curated their own and other artist’s work through an artist collective called Spare Room and is a contributing writer to The Coastal Post.