When: March 28 - July 20, 2014
About the Show
Deluge, a site-specific installation by Todd Knopke, is exemplary of the artist’s talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Two monumental cloth artworks are draped on opposite walls of the Art Center Atrium bookending the long, narrow space in colorful fabric. Beginning with a sewing machine and a pile of used clothes, sheets, towels, and blankets from friends and family, Knopke creates elaborately collaged scenes that are rich with texture, history, and meaning. His practice takes the American tradition of quilting and the European tradition of tapestry making and combines them with contemporary ideas of collage, painting, and sculpture.
Todd Knopke received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MFA from Yale University School of Art. His work has been shown at galleries such as Sikkema Jenkins, Derek Eller Gallery, and Jeff Bailey Gallery (New York), Grimm Gallery (Amsterdam, NL), and TSA Gallery (Brooklyn, NY). He recently had a solo show at Feature Inc in New York. Knopke’s work has been featured in publications including the New York Times, NY Arts, the Village Voice, and Columbia Art Journal. His work is in many private collections and the collection of the Santa Barbara Art Museum. Born in Los Angeles, CA, Knopke lives and works in Brooklyn.