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Elizabeth Knowles

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Birthplace
St. Louis Missouri

Lives in
New York

Works in
New York

Website

Tags
site specific installation installation painting drawing abstract sculpture

Current Exhibitions and Events
Jun, 2014 Art From The Boros II
Denise Bibro Fine Art
 
Statement

Natural patterns inspire my work. Some are the biological patterns on the cellular level of organisms. Others are the geological patterns of the earth's natural landscapes. As patterns replicate on differing scales, my work derives from a fascination with the fractal aspect of life forms.  An irregular or fragmented configuration can be repeated over and over again with each part containing the same structure as the whole. Similar patterns that recur progressively in smaller scales describe seemingly random phenomena such as crystal growth or galaxy formation. The unfolding of life is forever present. Patterns expand back into each and into themselves.  In addition, fractal structures reveal a frozen moment in time depicting the transition between order and chaos or life and death. Through site-specific installation and sculpture, I explore how dynamic patterns connect landscapes and life forms, physiology and physics, death and detritus, growth and form.

Starting with the most simple and building to the more complex, my creative process becomes a recreation of the interaction of different levels of life.  I begin with one small component and then mechanically connect one fundamental element with another and another and another until a more intricate whole is formed.  This process echoes the progression of one cell grouping together with other cells to develop into a more elaborate organism.

Fractal structures define life's patterns both figuratively and metaphorically. Whether the meandering journey of sperm to egg, a chain of DNA, the lines on the palm of a hand, or the more symbolic branches of a family tree or the recursive structures of language and thought, our lives can be interpreted as series of non-linear transformations of organic structures unfolding in space. Ranging from the atomistic to larger organizational systems, the study of patterns reveals the complex interface between the various levels of life and the mysterious connection between them.

I currently have a site specific collaborative installation at Chesterwood National Historic Trust in Stockbridge, MA: 

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Born St. Louis, Missouri

EDUCATION

MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
BA, CUM LAUDE, PHI BETA KAPPA, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

AWARDS/HONORS

PUFFIN FOUNDATION GRANT, Teaneck, NJ
ARTIST IN RESIDENCY PILOT PROGRAM, Miami Beach, Fl
E. D. FOUNDATION GRANT, Kearny, NJ
MILLAY COLONY FOR THE ARTS, Austerlitz, NY
CORPORATION OF YADDO, Saratoga Springs, NY
VIRGINIA CENTER FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS, Sweet Briar, VA
LANCASTER GROUP AWARD, New York, NY
ARTISTS SPACE ARTISTS GRANT, New York, NY
LUDWIG VOGELSTEIN FOUNDATION GRANT, Brooklyn, NY
JOYCE CARLYLE MEMORIAL FUND, The Banff Centre, Canada
ALEX DEMOND FUND AWARD, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

 
SELECTED ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS
 

2010
PAINTINGS, Moi Meme, New York, NY
2007
A SEQUENCE OF STEPS, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY
2006
INSTALLATION/WORKS ON PAPER, Alpan Gallery, Huntington, NY
FLUIDITY…ABSTRACTION TRANSFORMED, Allen Sheppard Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012
SCULPTURE, Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, CT
WINDOWS, Artspace, New Haven, CT
2011
GREEN LIGHT, Bank Of America Plaza, Charlotte, NC
TRANQUILITY: SCULPTURE IN THE GARDEN, Griffin Court, NY, NY
INTERSECTIONS, Governors Island, NY curated by Karen Wilkin
SCULPTORS GUILD: NEW WORKS, Broadway Gallery, New York, NY
2010
ENCOUNTERS, Governor’s Island, New York, curated by Ann Aptaker and Rocio Aranda-Alvarado for the Sculptor’s Guild
WIND THROUGH THE TREES, Jenkins Arboretum, curated by Ellen Landis of Grounds for Sculpture, Devon, PA
2009
READY TO UNVEIL, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
AN ALPAN GATHERING, Alpan Gallery, Huntington, NY
WHAT’S NEW IN NEW YORK? Sirani Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
FORMATIVE LINES: WORKING IN DRAWING AND SCULPTURE, Governor’s Island, New York, curated by Rachel Liebowitz and Joanna Kleinberg of the Drawing Center
SPACE IS THE PLACE: CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE AT CHESTERWOOD, Chesterwood National Trust for Historic Preservation, Stockbridge, MA, curated by Denise Markonish of MASS MOCA
REPETITION, REASON AND REPOSE, Omni Gallery, Uniondale, NY
WINDOWS ON FIFTH, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
2008
SELF-CONTAINED, Supermarket, Stockholm, Sweden
PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS, NurtureArt, Brooklyn, NY
2007
WINDOWS ON FIFTH, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
UNLIKELY MATERIALS, Alpan Gallery, Huntington, NY
2006
ON PAPER/OF PAPER, Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, Dix Hills, NY
PEER PRESSURE, Allen Sheppard Gallery, New York, NY
DIMENSION, Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery, Dix Hills, NY
2005
SMALL WORKS, Jay Bond Gallery, New York, NY
JIMMIE’S BREAKFAST CLUB, Tribes, New York, NY
OFF THE WALL, Omni Gallery, Uniondale, NY
SUMMER SALON, The Front Room, Brooklyn, NY
POINT OF VIEW, Alpan Gallery, Huntington, NY
PAPER, PAPEL, PAPIER…., NurtureArt, Brooklyn, NY
STUDY IN RED, Public Project sponsored by INFINITI, Herald Square, New York, NY
2004
ENDS AND MEANS, Alpan Gallery, Huntington, NY
WHITE MATTERS, NurtureArt, Brooklyn, NY
DIGITAL MEDIA, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, Indiana
2003
CREATED IN MIAMI BEACH, Miami Beach Botanical Garden and Lincoln Theatre, Miami Beach. FL
8 ARTISTS, Miami Beach City Hall, Miami Beach, FL
PAPER, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY
BIENNIAL EXHIBITION, AIR, New York, NY
2002
CONFIGURING IDENTITY, untitled X (space), New Haven. CT
THE AMERICANS, Wolfsonian Museum, Miami Beach, FL
SEE THROUGH, Satellite Project Space, Long Island City, NY
FLARB, Aqua Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
NEW ARTISTS/NEW WORK, Nese Alpan Gallery, Huntington, NY

PUBLICATIONS

INTERSECTIONS, Karen Wilkin, exhibition catalogue, Sculptor’s Guild at Governor’s Island, 2011
‘Reviews”, Karen Glover, SCULPTURE, November, 2010
“Artist Profiles”, Layla Khan, VISUAL MASTERS, Autumn, 2010
WIND THROUGH THE TREES, Harold Sweetman, exhibition catalogue, Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens, 2010
ENCOUNTERS, Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Ann Aptaker, exhibition catalogue, Sculptor’s Guild at Governor’s Island, 2010
READY TO UNVEIL, Ben Goldman, City Without Walls, exhibition catalogue, Newark, NJ, 2009
CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE AT CHESTERWOOD, Denise Markonish, Chesterwood National Trust for Historic Preservation, exhibition catalogue, Stockbridge, MA, 2009
“Zen in the City”, Rachel Sokol, PRECOGNITO, January/Febrary 2009
“The Stuff That Creativity Is Made Of”, Benjamin Genocchio, THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 8, 2007
“Don’t Fit the Traditional Definitions”, Helen Harrison, THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 22, 2006
“Masterworks Old and New, Leavened by a bit of Whimsy”, Helen Harrison, THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 16, 2005
“ARTSEEN”, Christopher Howard, THE BROOKLYN RAIL, November 6, 2004
“Art will be where you’ll find it this fall”, Elisa Turner, MIAMI HERALD, August 24, 2003
“Visiting artists capture South Beach’s sights, sounds, Richard Brand, MIAMI HERALD, August 10, 2003
“FLARBergasted”, Elisa Turner, MIAMI HERALD, Wednesday, August 8, 2002
“Experimental Media Works are Understood at FLARB”, Crissa-Jean Chappell, STREET, October 3, 2002
“Art Reviews”, Phyllis Braff, NEW YORK TIMES, Sunday, January 9, 2000
“The Ticket”, Elisa Turner, MIAMI HERALD, Dec 6,1998
“Art Review”, Elisa Turner, MIAMI HERALD, June 10, 1998
“Watching out for the World’s Watchers”, Elisa Turner, MIAMI HERALD, August 8, 1997
“New Artists On the Block”, Judy Cantor, THE NEW TIMES, May 4, Miami, FL, 1995

Recent Exhibits

Elizabeth Knowles participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2014 A Portrait Apart Deux
Porter Contemporary
 
Oct, 2013 2013 Curate NYC
Elisa Contemporary Art Gallery
 
Mar, 2013 COLLIDEscope: The Birth, Metamorphosis and Evolution of the Abstract Actual
Corridor Gallery
 
Nov, 2012 2012 Annual Juried Affordable Art Exhibition
Art Connects New York
 
Jun, 2011 Group Show - "Connections"
Governors Island
 
Jun, 2010 Encounters
Governors Island
 
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