Silke Otto-Knapp, “Stage (moonlit),” 2011.
Pencil on paper; 8 1/2 x 11 5/8 inches.
Courtesy of the artist.

University of California,
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA)
September 30, 2011–January 15, 2012

With slight changes in light, Silke Otto-Knapp’s paintings reveal clusters of dancers, a single body pressed up against the edges of the picture plane, or a moonlit landscape. The London-based, German artist uses the transparency of watercolor to describe movement, to activate spatial environments with kinetic materials, and to open up painting to the possibilities of performance.

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