Knowledge Bennett: In Retrospect (A Look Back While Moving Forward)
“I’ve always thought it to be the responsibility of the artist to help restore a degree of dignity, integrity and sense of humanity. At the core of my work is the hope to engage, enlighten and inspire. My use of visual imagery for the purpose of reshaping perception and narrative is of the utmost priority.” - Knowledge Bennett
Knowledge Bennett: In Retrospect
A Look Back While Moving Forward
The KNOW Contemporary is set to open in Los Angeles on April 28, 2018 featuring a collection of works by L.A. based artist Knowledge Bennett.
The inaugural exhibition at the KNOW Contemporary will span both floors of the gallery’s 4,500 sq ft space. Knowledge Bennett: In Retrospect (A Look Back While Moving Forward), an assembly of paintings emanating from some of the artist’s most provocative series. This ensemble represents a display of Bennett’s vision of the way cultural experiences shape views of the public consensus. Dispersed among two galleries within the space, Bennett examines these experiences through towering work that allows the viewer to immerse themselves in the detail displayed on canvas.
Making its Los Angeles debut, Bennett’s “Orange Is The New Black” explores, in a comprehensive way, the ongoing systematic disruption of the black community via political and institutional corruption. Consisting of six large scale uniquely hand painted and hand pulled silk screen paintings, this series takes the viewer on a chronological journey through almost a century of atrocities experienced by the black community at the hands of such entities as the U.S. Public Health Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I), three former Presidential administrations (Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton) and the New York Police Department (N.Y.P.D.). This work will be on view in the lower gallery.
The upper gallery will feature works from five of Bennett’s earlier series which delve deeper into his use of “Americana” through media and representation. Included in this display are Obama Cowboy (Six Shooter), Good Girl Gone Bad (Marilyn Monroe), Share A Coke (Coke Bottle), Mao Trump, and the critically acclaimed Cojones series featuring pioneers of art history like Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat among others. Bennett’s utilization of pop art and its familiarity to encourage serious matters of discussion, has been an instrumental component within his practice. Exercising the familiar, while also inviting the viewer to engage in enriched discourse, Bennett has been able to distinguish his use of the medium from that of his contemporaries, centering his message around history, politics, race relations and the public’s consumption of popular culture. The public opening will be held April 28th, 2018 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Knowledge Bennett, born December 5, 1976, is a self-taught visual artist currently based in Los Angeles, California. Fueled by his own entrepreneurial record of success in various industries, Knowledge has trained his artistic talent through work in commercial photography and fine art studio practices. Influenced by the rich history of various Post-War American art movements, Knowledge’s work displays a purposeful familiarity yet possesses a deeper and more meaningful conceptual understanding. Immersed in modes of mechanical reproduction, he creates artworks that play to a sociological understanding of political and ideological tensions that resonate in today's world.
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