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Nsenga Knight
updated: 11/02/2012
website: www.nsengaknight.wordpress.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Untitled
Square One
Square One (Detail)
The Meeting Place
Where Hagar’s Feet Tread Thousands of Years Earlier
Where Hagar’s Feet Tread Thousands of Years Earlier (Detail)
In love with/ Struggle for
Drowning
Which Way Is Up? (Grid 3 from Drowning)
Drowning (detail)
3.111 (Photo from Drowning series)
A Cross Time
A Guide to the Last Rite
A Guide to the Last Rite (pgs 2-3)
A Guide to the Last Rite 2011 (Back Detail)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, conceptual, geometric, gestural, historical
 
 
Untitled by Nsenga Knight
Untitled
Wall Drawing Installation
2012
120 " x  120 " 
Square One  by Nsenga Knight
Square One
Drawing
2012
50" x  50" 
Square One (Detail) by Nsenga Knight
Square One (Detail)
Drawing
2012
0" x  0" 
The Meeting Place  by Nsenga Knight
The Meeting Place
7 ink drawings on acetate film, laytex and acrylic paint on wall
2012
30 30 " x  20 " 
Where Hagar’s Feet Tread Thousands of Years Earlier  by Nsenga Knight
Where Hagar’s Feet Tread Thousands of Years Earlier
7 5.5 x 18” Ink and Pencil Drawings on Paper
2012
5.5" x  18" 
Where Hagar’s Feet Tread Thousands of Years Earlier (Detail) by Nsenga Knight
Where Hagar’s Feet Tread Thousands of Years Earlier (Detail)
Drawing
2012
0" x  0" 
In love with/ Struggle for  by Nsenga Knight
In love with/ Struggle for
Painting
2012
22.5" x  22.5" 
Drowning by Nsenga Knight
Drowning
Photography (installation of 48 16 x 20 inch archival inkjet prints)
2012
16" x  20"  x 48" 
Which Way Is Up? (Grid 3 from Drowning) by Nsenga Knight
Which Way Is Up? (Grid 3 from Drowning)
Photography
2012
0" x  0" 
Drowning (detail) by Nsenga Knight
Drowning (detail)
Photography
2012
0" x  0" 
3.111 (Photo from Drowning series)  by Nsenga Knight
3.111 (Photo from Drowning series)
Photography
2012
16" x  20" 
A Cross Time by Nsenga Knight
A Cross Time
Installation/ Wall Drawing
2010
Dimensions variable
A Guide to the Last Rite  by Nsenga Knight
A Guide to the Last Rite
Lithography/ Accordion book
2011
6.5" x  6.5"  x 6" 
A Guide to the Last Rite (pgs 2-3) by Nsenga Knight
A Guide to the Last Rite (pgs 2-3)
Lithography/ Accordion book
2012
0" x  0" 
A Guide to the Last Rite 2011 (Back Detail) by Nsenga Knight
A Guide to the Last Rite 2011 (Back Detail)
Lithography/ Accordion book
2012
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Artist Statement

There is a palimpsestuous circulation of function in my work and the traces of my human presence and movement play an essential role in its development. My studio practice is interdisciplinary and rhizomatic; I constantly generate a new work from some other works that I have already created and subject one mediums aesthetics to another mediums concepts. My creative process is as tied to the medium of drawing and performance art as it is to photography and the aesthetics of cinema, particularly experimental films. Through a restless hybridization of artistic practices I mobilize a play with language and form and act as disruptive intervener and ardent preservationist. My works give evidence to this process and I embed multiple histories within abstract forms.

The process and products of my work are made meaningful by way of dialogue and diverse relationships with form and ideas. In 2009 my fascination with the concepts and aesthetics of western abstraction, conceptual art and Islamic geometrical abstraction began to take a concrete form in my research and artistic work. I expand upon the common virtues, aesthetic and conceptual inclinations I discovered in Islamic Art, the conceptual arts movement and other systems based works. In it I seek to find ways in which systematic rules can be freeing and spaces in which I can make some expression or marks to reflect on my interest in performance art, subjectivity and intervention.

Concepts that I continually explore in my creative work are that of unity in multiplicity, repetition, and the transformation of forms. My work reflects on temporality and contingency while allowing me to explore the politics of abstraction, representation, archiving, and the circulation of images. I see my approach to working with materials and ideas as part of a larger theoretical project that poses critical questions about process, power, representation, and the construction of communal narratives.

Artist Bio / CV

NSENGA A. KNIGHT
Born 1981, Brooklyn, New York

EDUCATION                                                                                                                                 2010 University of Pennsylvania, Master of Fine Arts – Photography and Cinema Studies              

2003 Howard University, Film Production, B.A.

EXHIBITIONS/ SCREENINGS/ PERFORMANCES               2012 The First Year, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX
        GAR Inaugural Exhibition, Galveston Artist Residency, Galveston, TX

2011     Muslim Voices of Philadelphia (film screening), International House, Philadelphia, PA Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet, New Museum, New York, NY
Clifford Owens: Anthology (performance collaboration), MoMA PS1, New York, NY

2010 Drowning (solo exhibition), Amistad Gallery at University of Pennsylvania,  Philadelphia, PA                                                                          Round 32, Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas

2009     Perspectives: Women, Art & Islam, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                                         

RESIDENCIES                                                                                                                                  2011 – 2012 Galveston Artist Residency, Galveston, TX                                                                                        2010     Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA                                                                                        2007     BCAT/ Rotunda Gallery Joint Multimedia Residency, Brooklyn, NY