Brooke A. Knight "Context and Marker" Opens October 6 at Daemen

Still Imaging and Digital Media Exhibition is the First in the Center for Visual & Performing Arts at Daemen College


September 21, 2012                       



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Brooke A. Knight is a Boston, Massachusetts area artist and educator whose work investigates the landscape and its manifestations in technology. On October 6, 2012, the newly-opened Center for Visual  & Performing Arts at Daemen College will present “Context + Marker,” Knight’s presentation of original still and video imagery of Western New York.


“Context + Marker” will open with a gallery event from 6-9 p.m., October 6, in the Center. This event is free and open to the public.


“This exhibit is the first in the Center for Visual & Performing Arts at Daemen College,” said Daemen President Dr. Edwin Clausen. “We are excited to have the opportunity to bring the work of Brooke Knight, an artist and educator who has been working in digital media for nearly 20 years, to Western New York as our inaugural exhibit. His work, which will be open to the public through the end of October, is a culminating event in Daemen’s two year initiative to bring contemporary artistic expression to our campus and to the Western New York community.”


Brooke A. Knight was artist-in-residence during the 2011-2012 academic year at the Center for Visual & Performing Arts. His exhibit, video installations shot in Western New York, is the first to be held in the Nancy Haberman Gacioch Center for Visual & Performing Arts at Daemen College. Knight traveled to Western New York multiple times over a period of one year to gather material for “Context + Marker.” This exhibit continues investigation from previous exhibitions where he examined the importance of place in the context of Western New York. The exhibit presents a view of Western New York as one might not normally see it, using the technology of the camera frame to reintroduce the landscape with new parameters of perception. 


“The idea of something being out of focus is a byproduct of a monocular, technical vision. The lens allows us to “focus” on what’s out of focus,” Knight noted about his suite of videos shot across Western New York.  


Brooke A. Knight


Brooke A. Knight’s hallmark exhibit for Daemen College will focus on the context and community both immediate to Daemen and the surrounding Western New York area. His frequent visits to Western New York have allowed him to explore the nature of the landscape, light, and time. Knight’s imagery of the organic world is filtered through technology, in both still and video formats, to recast perception.


“Brooke Knight is known for his investigation of place and time through a technological framework,” noted Daemen Director of Visual & Performing Arts Dr. Laura Sommer. “Knight will bring together the facets of Daemen’s arts programs, and, in effect, merge Daemen’s recent focus on technology in the arts with a continuing strong fine arts orientation.”


His video/still series calls to be viewed over a period of time – 10 minutes, an hour, a day. What might at first seem to be still, reveals itself as the stillness of nature in very real time. Our world, as seen through technology, becomes a means for investigation of how we see through technological filters.   


Knight’s artwork has been shown in over 50 international and regional exhibitions, including Boston CyberArts, Fringe Exhibitions, The Danforth Museum, Eyebeam, Photographic Resources Center, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Centro Cultural de la Torriente Brau Victor Casaus, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Galerie fur Landschaftskunst, Art Interactive, Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Mediaterra 2001, Experimenta 02, Javamuseum, The Center for

Maine Contemporary Art, Art Frankfurt, The University of Maine Museum of Art, and The Amarillo Museum of Art. He was awarded a competitive commission from, and has been nominated for an Artist Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution. His written work has been published in Art Journal, Frauen Kunst Wissenschaft, Sandbox, and the forthcoming volume New Visualities.


Knight’s Master of Fine Arts is from CalArts in 1995 in photography. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College, where he teaches classes in interactive media; he previously taught at the University of Maine (where he was the Associate Director of New Media), and West Texas A&M.

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