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Knut Pani: Registros Sensoriales/Sensorial Registries

By Margaret Failoni

ART KNUT PANI

Immediately after World War II, Abstract Expressionism appeared on the scene in New York City as the most important genre of contemporary art, and maintained its relevancy well into the 21st century. Despite the many genres to follow, artists such as Pollock, Gorky, Stills, and Rothko brought a wealth and excitement to art rarely matched subsequently. A rebellious, anarchic, and highly idiosyncratic art form characterized by emotional intensity and an anti-figurative aesthetic, it brought artists to work out of New York City, regardless of their origins. Not long its beginnings, it spread throughout the Western world. Soon an amazing group of sculptors joined the fray, such as David Smith, Tony Smith, and Richard Serra.

The true Abstract Expressionist values expression over perfection, fluctuation over repose, the unknown over the known, the veiled over the clear. And such is the force and spirit which reigns over the work of the Mexican Abstract Expressionist Knut Pani.

Pani’s art inquires into the relationship between light and darkness and embraces a wide variety of media. This exhibition assembles highly diverse pictorial as well as sculptural works that explore the imaging potential of light and shadow, based on different gradations of gray values, a powerful aesthetic, and an even more powerful physicality.

The artist re-imagines visual ideas within the material constraints of painting to bring the viewer to a pure pictorial reality. These images should connect the pure condition of floating in space, and yet hum with energy. This is especially evident in his series of aquatint etchings. Pani’s magic is such that he manages to capture the effect of the same floating fluidity in his lighter-than-light sculpture. It’s true magic.

Without a doubt, Knut Pani’s art shows a continued appreciation of one of the most extraordinary genres in contemporary art.

 

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Knut Pani: Registros Sensoriales/Sensorial Registries

9th Anniversary of the Intersección Gallery

13th Anniversary of the Aurora Art and Design Center

Sat, Feb 3, 5‒8pm

Intersección Gallery

Fábrica La Aurora

 

 

 

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