“Depictured” is a heady collection of photos, clever trompe o’leil sculptural installations and one graphite wall drawing. The wall drawing dissects a quote from the philosopher Henri Bergson, “Wherever anything lives there is a register in which Time is being inscribed,” in the form of a junior high sentence diagram. Diagramming the quote inscribes a staccato rhythm into the reading process and increases possibility of mistranslation. Mr. Knight’s work is about the inability of that “register” to record accurately as illustrated by his photographs of color printing registers found on the bottom of most consumer items (here bath tissue and box-tops) with the “real thing” collaged on top for comparison. The point presumably is to demonstrate the inability of an accurate replication of something as elusive as color. Ironically the colorful dots make these the most sensuous of Mr. Knight’s somewhat austere objects and points to one historical shortcoming of conceptual art, namely the privileging of mental knowledge over physical experience when both are needed to depict something as complex as life. The problem is that Mr. Knight’s objects often serve as demonstrations of ideas rather than objects that can lead to new ones. (Dan Gunn)
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