Karen Knorr builds a world of impossibilities. She explores grand spaces that are full of architectural richness, verdant light, and are steeped in history. Within these spaces she introduces animals that resist domestication. They are shot separately by her in game parks or are taxidermies. The animals inhabitants these spaces – but become entrapped by them. The rooms cannot logically house and nurture the wildness in these beautiful specimens. Just as beautiful cultural structures are steeped in regulated codified social behavior – our individual freedoms are often sacrificed when we inhabit them. The animals become anthropomorphic. For Knorr a room is a metaphor for a kind of socialized control that gives us the comfort of being part of a specific group or culture but also takes away our independence and individuality.
Rooms that Resonate with Possibilities
Karen Knorr, Massimo Listri, Sandy Skoglund, Michael Eastman, John Dugdale and Bernard Faucon
March 27 – May 8, 2021