ADAA ART SHOW – NOVEMBER 3 - 7
For the ADAA Art Show 2021, Danziger Gallery is pleased to present a solo booth of photographs by Karen Knorr - a 21st century bestiary showcasing a selection of her constructed animal pictures taken in India between 2003 and 2021.
While Knorr’s images take some of their inspiration from the Indian tradition of personifying animals in literature and art, there is another almost subconscious strain to her work. Going back to the time of cave painting we see that these early visual artists not only recorded their lives and surroundings, but used art to express themselves. The depiction of animals in symbolic and powerful ways and the urge to create these images with the best tools at hand is a line stretching from these unnamed cave painters to Karen Knorr.
Playfully combining technologies and genres, Knorr mixes digital and analogue, architectural and nature photography. Her photographs satisfy many of the requisites of traditional photography which address the surface appearance of a species or place, but then move to a paradoxical space where they begin to question the overt assumptions of the picture’s content. The boundaries of the real are thus challenged both by this hybrid process and also by the incongruity of the scenes.
If we define human experience by the culture we create, Knorr’s animals gift us with a unique expression of what it means to be human, and to see optimism and beauty in art. Original and resonant the “India Song” pictures have received worldwide recognition. Knorr’s work was given a solo exhibition at Tate Britain in 2015, and four of the India pictures were exhibited at The Getty Museum in 2019.
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