Alison Knowles: Clear Skies All Week

Photo of artist courtesy of James Fuentes LLC

James Fuentes LLC, a New York City gallery, is featuring a solo exhibition with Alison Knowles, best known as a founding member and notably the first woman to participate in Fluxus. (Fluxus, an international art movement of artists, composers and designers in the 1960s, blended different media, disciplines and happenings, often described as ‘intermedia.’ Notable pioneers include John Cage and George Maciunas.)

Comprised of sculptural works made from paper and found materials, the exhibition represents over forty years of Alison Knowlesʼ life in New York City. The works entice an extreme interest in paper. Made of raw flax, cotton and abaca fiber, the paper becomes a sculptural element to house an assortment of found objects and the base material for wall panels.

In Knowles own words:

I collect shoe heels ….
I am not hunting usually, just rushing to get somewhere like everybody else, but suddenly,
Unexpectedly, akin to a found item, a found time opens up….
The heel I pick up. …quickly, offhandedly …gets stashed in my pocket.
There is a chemistry peculiar to the mysterious terrain I find myself in at that time….
I love to surf the street….
At home it gets cleaned, studied, it is drawn in silhouette, perhaps screen-printed with the name of an animal….
You know the worn shoe heels cannot be bought. Not for sale anywhere.
Isn’t it special to have recognized the energy expended in a shoe heel.

(Originally quoted in Julia Robinson, “The Sculpture of Indeterminacy: Alison Knowlesʼs Bean and Variations,” College Art Association Journal, 2004.)

The exhibition “Clear Skies All Week” is open February 23 – April 3, 2011
There will be a reception with the artist Alison Knowles on Wednesday, March 9, 6 – 8 PM.
James Fuentes LLC, 55 Delancey Street, New York, NY

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