Oil on Canvas
The painting represents a brief sojourn by a small lake in Northern Michigan. In this moment there is the past, present, and future all in the same day.
Toned Cyanotype Sculpture
This piece is a mixed-media paper sculpture covered in a fabric photographic skin made with the cyanotype process. This process is from the 1840s and is also known as a blueprint or a sun print. I created over 20 digital negatives which I then printed on this fabric in order to give this elephant her unique coat. This process usually results in a blue and white image, but for this piece I toned the fabric to a plum purple which has a warmth the blue does not. Each of these images is collaged over the paper form and sewn by hand.
Mixed Media and Epoxy Resin on Repurposed Wood
“Coasters" started as an exercise in composition using only recycled materials in 2012. Realizing they would be the coolest functional coasters ever I started covering them with an epoxy resin and have now made thousands and counting.
“Pure Gold”, “Cloudy”, and“Flying High”
Looking at the world through a lens, whether it's attached to a professional camera or integrated into a phone, allows me to see the beautiful in the mundane. The art comes not from having the best equipment or from being knowledgeable about it, but from a certain way of seeing the world when that camera blocks most of it out. I like to frame and light in the most flattering way and, more importantly, I like to leave things out. That's where the fun begins - trying to say as much as possible with the least.
“Horn Head Neapolitan” and “Pink Nightmare”
Mixed Media on Paper, 2012
The “Horn Head” series is a set of quirky machines, characters and environments that reflect my interest in creating my own fictional world. The images are developed from real life objects and popular culture: tea cups, ice cream cones, vacuum cleaners, rocket ships, musical instruments, cartoon imagery and other assorted machinery. They then mutate into imagery that serves aspecific function in my alternate universe. I consider myself a kind of mad scientist, and these are manifestations of my experience in a chaotic world.
“Jack’s Beach #1”
Digital Photography on Brushed High Gloss Aluminum
What I enjoy most about Jack's Beach #12 is the capture of humanity in all of its simplicity. Every vignette within the piece is a different story being told, each captured in its perfect moment.
“Undercover Rubens”, “MoMa is Tiring” and “Slow Day Guarding the Masterpieces”
Archival Pigment Print Photographs
This work is part of a series of photographs that explores how we react to art. I have been interested in the motives for buying and selling it, in how we keep it and revere it in museums and galleries and how we come to opinions about what we like and don't like among the plethora of artistic efforts available to us.
The motivation for "Outlet" was to make something that was a common, taken-for-granted subject, and contrast the meaning against the medium, which is natural wool. As the piece developed, I decided that the electricity should be represented as flowing like water out of the cut-off, old style electrical cord. Hopefully this can also be seen as a reference to the relationship of all our natural resources.
Screenprint on Paper from the Edition of 35
I view my work as a reflection of my belief in the value of human life, and our unique ability to define our being through art. I attempt to infuse a sense of antiquity in my work which reminds us of the past, but also grounds us in the here and now, making us hopeful as we carry this mythology into the future.
Walter Knabe is represented by Rhonda Long-Sharp, Long-Sharp Gallery.
Acrylic on Canvas
“Untitled” was created during my early time in Indianapolis. I was situating myself after my move from NYC. A lot of my work has to do with the dynamics of consumption in American Culture. That piece came from combining images of rice farmers from a 17th century Japanese print with an image printed in a McDonald's package. I enjoy weaving paradoxical ideas in one work of art. Two completely different actions that would never naturally occupy the same space.