Silke Otto-Knapp makes paintings of performance and landscape, approaching the canvas as a stage and a site of orchestrated scenarios. Gouache and watercolor are applied in delicate layers, depicting scenes of a fugitive beauty and imbuing the works with an ethereal magic. Her works bring together the reality of landscape with the pretense of stage design to raise questions around decorative surface, spatial depth and pictorial construction.
Otto-Knapp has had solo exhibitions at Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin, the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, Greengrassi, London, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, Kunstverein Munich, Germany, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, the Banff Centre, Canada, Modern Art Oxford, UK and Tate Britain, London. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions including at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec, Canada, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Germany, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Tate Britain, London, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, Montehermoso Cultural Center, Spain, the 9th Istanbul Biennial and at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
Courtesy of Camden Arts Centre