Silke Otto-Knapp

Camden Arts Centre

17 January – 30 March 2014

The artist's works are characteried by unapologetically romantic and fantastical scenarios, such as moonlit forests and ballet performances.

Large scale canvases depict scenes inspired by stage performance, created almost entirely from black and silver pigments in order to produce a back-lit effect.

Several pieces take inspiration from a stage belonging to experimental dancer, Anna Halprin. Regarded as one of the most important theatre artists of the 20th century, Halprin had the stage built into the forest at her mountain home north of San Francisco.

Otto-Knapp is concerned with challenging the traditions of romantic landscape painting. Watercolour, which has been assigned a minority status in the art historical tradition, is here given precedence, while she also highlights the advantages of other mediums such as collages and etchings with a series of works developed during a residency at The Banff Centre, Canada.

As part of the supporting programme, a new performance by LA-based Flora Weigman will be shown in the gallery spaces. 

Venue information

Opening times

Tue – Sun, 10am – 6pm (Wed 9pm)

Closed Mondays

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)