- Thea Spittle
Ping presents the work of interdisciplinary artist Autumn Knight, creating a context for examining the conceptual and visual parameters of Knight’s practice. This exhibition focuses on her work with recorded video, produced between 2013 and 2019. Knight premieres a newly commissioned video installation titled Pong!, in which she builds on past footage developed at the Skowhegan Residency Program. Additionally, the exhibition brings together three video works: Roach Dance (2013-2019), Trap and Transference (2017-2019) and a collaborative piece with Chelsea Knight, Lincoln and Shoulder Pads (2018-2019).
Rooted in performance, Knight’s practice oscillates between registers of the precisely choreographed and the intensely improvised. Knight’s rigorous command of her audience alludes to the complicated structures of power that determine how bodies are perceived and represented in bureaucracy, the media and popular culture. Discomfort, confusion and humor are felt in an unresolved tension reflecting the complexities that determine interpersonal communication and relationships. Ping recalls familiar structures of situational humor and therapy sessions to reveal our collective anxieties and renegotiate social norms.
As a companion to Ping, Autumn Knight has authored a series of newly commissioned texts presented in a small, free publication available in the exhibition, and through a downloadable PDF online (see below).