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Margot Quan Knight

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From 07.10.2005 to 19.11.2005

Margot Quan Knight – Beach (Collect)
Beach (Collect)
2004
lambda print on aluminium
50 x 70 cm
ed. 7
Margot Quan Knight – Bed (The Hunt)
Bed (The Hunt)
2004
lambda print on aluminium
120 x 160
ed. 7  
Margot Quan Knight – Canning (The Hunt)
Canning (The Hunt)
2004
lambda print on aluminium
50 x 70 cm
ed. 7
Margot Quan Knight – Cluster (Collect)
Cluster (Collect)
2004
lambda print on aluminium
50 x 70 cm
ed. 7  
Margot Quan Knight – Dock (Procreation)
Dock (Procreation)
2005
lambda print on aluminium, triptych
2 elements 70 x 50 cm each, 1 element 70 x 100 cm
ed. 7  
Margot Quan Knight – Home (The Hunt)
Home (The Hunt)
2004
lambda print on aluminium
50 x 70 cm
ed. 7
Margot Quan Knight – Hospital (Procreation)
Hospital (Procreation)
2005
lambda print on aluminium, triptych
2 elements 70 x 50 cm each, 1 element 70 x 100 cm
ed. 7
Margot Quan Knight – Lab (Procreation)
Lab (Procreation)
2005
lambda print on aluminium, triptych
2 elements 70 x 50 cm each, 1 element 70 x 100 cm
ed. 7
Margot Quan Knight – Lamp (Collect)
Lamp (Collect)
2004
lambda print on aluminium
50 x 70 cm
ed. 7  
Margot Quan Knight – Lily (Procreation)
Lily (Procreation)
2005
lambda print on aluminium, triptych
2 elements 70 x 50 cm each, 1 element 70 x 100 cm
ed. 7
Margot Quan Knight – Mattress 2 (Veins)
Mattress 2 (Veins)
2004
lambda print on aluminium
120 x 160 cm
ed. 7
Margot Quan Knight – Shed (The Hunt)
Shed (The Hunt)
2004
lambda print on aluminium
70 x 50 cm
ed. 7
Margot Quan Knight – Snow 1 (Veins)
Snow 1 (Veins)
2004
lambda print on aluminium
120 x 160 cm
ed. 7  
Margot Quan Knight – Tanks (Procreation)
Tanks (Procreation)
2005
lambda print on aluminium, triptych
2 elements 70 x 50 cm each, 1 element 70 x 100 cm
ed. 7
Margot Quan Knight – TVdinner (The Hunt)
TVdinner (The Hunt)
2004
lambda print on aluminium
70 x 50 cm
ed. 7
Margot Quan Knight – Wallpaper (The Hunt)
Wallpaper (The Hunt)
2004
lambda print on aluminium
70 x 50 cm
ed. 7  

La giovane artista statunitense Margot Quan Knight alla sua seconda mostra personale alla Gagliardi Art System/ gallery presenta, un “universo parallelo” in cui, grazie ad un attento uso dello strumento fotografico e digitale, il possibile diventa reale, o quanto meno verosimile. Partendo da oggetti e situazioni della quotidianità, l’artista traduce pensieri, sentimenti e sensazioni astratte in espressioni “fisiche”, come se gioia, solitudine e sofferenza potessero concretizzarsi in immagini “vere più del vero”.

I nuovi lavori sono tratti da 4 serie fotografiche che l’artista ha sviluppato in parallelo, a partire dal 2003. Veins, è la serie in cui l’artista cuce di proprio pugno e fotografa diverse tipologie di vene in luoghi e contesti differenti: il sangue acquista significati simbolici multipli.

Nel novembre 2004 Margot inizia a collaborare con la stilista Meribah Grace Knight al progetto di rivisitazione del tema tradizionale del cacciatore americano inserito in una suburbia moderna. La serie Hunt vuole monitorare la vita di una coppia tradizionale americana, vessata dai ritmi dei tempi moderni.

La serie Collect, terminata nel 2004, racconta la storia di una nascita sui generis: piccoli esseri nascono da gusci di pietra. E’ qui in nuce, ancora avvolto da un’aura di mistero, il tema successivo della procreazione, che prende vita nella serie Procreation, realizzata con il sostegno della University of Washington School of Art.

Procreation è composta da 5 trittici ispirati a pitture religiose medievali con particolare attenzione alla Pala d’Altare Portinari di Hugo Van der Goes.
L’artista attraverso quest’opera pone la storia della nascita di Cristo all’interno dell’acceso dibattito contemporaneo sulla ricerca scientifica delle cellule staminali.
“Con questo lavoro, spero di invitare al dialogo e alla considerazione dei diritti dell’uomo per quanto riguarda la riproduzione assistita considerando l’impatto che la tradizione religiosa ha sulle decisioni rispetto a tali argomenti. Il dibattito continua”¦”

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The young US artist Margot Quan Knight presents her second personal exhibition at the Gagliardi Art System/ gallery, a ‘parallel universe’ where, thanks to her clever use of photography and digital instruments, possibility turns into reality, or at least likelihood.
Starting from everyday objects and situations, Knight translates abstract thoughts, feelings and sensations into ‘physical’ expressions, as if joy, solitude and suffering could materialize into images ‘truer than truth’.
The artis’s new works are taken from 4 photo series she has worked on in parallel, starting from 2003. Veins is the title of the series where the artist sows with her own hands and photographs several types of veins in different places and contexts – giving blood multiple symbolic meanings. In November 2004 Margot began to collaborate with fashion designer Meribah Grace Knight at a project aimed at reinterpreting the traditional theme of the American hunter in a modern suburban setting. The Hunt series aims at monitoring the life of a traditional American couple vexed by the rhythms of modern times. The Collect series, completed in 2004, tells the story of a peculiar birth – small creatures are born from stone shells. Here we find, still embryonic and wrapped in mystery, a theme the artist has tackled later on, that of procreation, and which first saw the light in Procreation, a series of works produced with the support of the University of Washington School of Art. Procreation consists of 5 triptychs inspired by medieval religious paintings, in particular the Portinari Altar panels by Hugo Van der Goes. In this work, the artist places the history of Christ’s birth within the current hotly debated issue of scientific research on stem cells. “With this work I hope to encourage people to openly debate and reflect on human rights as far as assisted reproduction is concerned, considering the impact religious tradition has always had on decisions like this one. The debate continues…”