Trigg Ison Fine Art
in association with
Martin and Janet Sheen
“Patricia Knop: SIDESHOW - Painting and Sculpture 1968-2013”
May 20-June 20, 2013
(West Hollywood, CA) – From May 20 through June 20, 2013, Trigg Ison Fine Art will present “Patricia Knop: SIDESHOW - Paintings and Sculpture 1968-2013.” The exhibition will unveil a comprehensive look at the prolific career of Patricia Knop featuring sculpture and paintings never before seen by the public.
Many years ago, when I was a girl and had just fallen in love with the boy I was going to marry, I fell asleep one night and dreamed that I was approaching a strange silo-shaped building, “ explains Knop about the onset of her career. “Before it, a frail gray man stood smiling. Behind him, on steps that spiraled into the building, bigger-than-life figurative sculptures were mounted, one after the other. Intrigued, I picked one up and found it light as a feather. I asked the old man if he knew whose sculptures these were. He answered, they’re yours, if you want to claim them.”
Since then Patricia Knop has spent her life documenting its multifaceted and rich cast of characters through deeply personal and poignant perspectives articulated through the tactile engagement of clay or the fluid immediacy of paint. In 1965, she shared a downtown Los Angeles studio with the great ceramic sculptor Jerry Rothman and was intricately immersed in the Southern California art scene alongside her husband Zalman King. Her work attracted many high profile collectors including Peter Sellers and the majority of her original sculptures were sold upon completion.
Aside from her artwork, Knop wrote many films with “her King” including Nine ½ Weeks, Siesta, Silence of the North, Lady Oscar, The Passover Plot, Delta of Venus, Wild Orchid, and Red Shoe Diaries. A long collaboration with rock-and-roll giant, Jim Steinman led to Whistle Down The Wind, a stage musical with Andrew Lloyd Webber.
As immersed as she was in the film world, Knop persisted in orchestrating visual interpretations of her life through clay and paint informing a vast physical diary stoked by the underlying flames of experience and relationship. These larger than life representations of herself, friends, loved ones and even influential strangers, nuanced by her individual voice, found equal elevation in her work oftentimes accentuated by the surreal and subconscious ephemera of narrative, dreams and prayers made visible. Hidden beneath layers of clay within her sculptures are poems crafted by the artist much like the one she wrote very early on foretelling her future endeavors.
Knead the clay of hour and day
Twist it, scrape it, bend and shape it
Watch the liquid long line form, a future
Until dust you must
SIDESHOW represents the first in depth look at Knop’s overall oeuvre including works from each important series – woven together to evoke the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Knop’s lifetime masterpiece “Thanksgiving” is central to the exhibition and inspired by a Tennyson poem:
Take wings of fancy and ascend
And in a moment set thy face
Where all the starry heavens of space
Are sharpened to a needle’s end.
Whether reflecting upon the dreams of her female neighbors in “Dreams of the Women of Alta Avenue” or observing and absorbing the strange and unusual lives around her, the invitation to Knop’s all-inclusive carrousel of humanity unfolds.
According to gallery owner Trigg Ison, “Patricia's work delves deeply into the world of the human psyche and its myriad of emotions, executing her vision with a classical strength and constant aura of whimsy. We are thrilled to be able to showcase her extensive body of work in all its complex form.”
Click Here to enjoy Director Zalman King’s comprehensive journey through his wife’s work.
Click Here to enjoy gallerist Trigg Ison’s compelling verbal analysis of Knop’s sculpture
Trigg Ison Fine Art has enjoyed a longstanding and successful presence in West Hollywood for more than twenty years. Focusing on early twentieth century modern paintings and sculpture from both America and Europe, the gallery also established a contemporary division in 2006 with the American premiere exhibition of French artist Gravleur in collaboration with actor Johnny Depp. The gallery is located at 9009 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA, 90048. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday by appointment. For more information, call 310-274-8047, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit online.
West Hollywood, CA USA
Montag, 20. Mai 2013 ‐ Donnerstag, 20. Juni 2013