Knight's work ranges from the figurative to the abstract and enjoys qualities of spontaneity, colour and rhythm. Détourné features eighteen works from Birmingham, Tours and Paris in France and Melbourne. The Melbourne pictures record and intense journey along Flinders Street during 2004. Each one offers a distinct and unique sense of the place and the experience of the work. The works range from drawings to paintings and include etchings with the smallest work around A4 and the largest at B1.
Knight studied foundation with Michael Werner at Watford in 1981. Werner instilled a strong physical aspect to his drawing as well as linking art to ambient situations. John went on to study with telematics pioneer, Roy Ascott at Newport where he developed an attachment to printmaking. The strong mark-making and graphical element of his work continues and often looks very spontaneous.
However, this spontaneity is belied by the systematic development of the work. Knight's recent work has involved a lot of preparations and is quite structured. John Knight, explains, “I identify locations, sometimes using the situationists ideas of the derive: drifting through the city and coming across everyday but charged places. Sometimes the location has a specific meaning to me like I was there with someone. Otherwise the place suggests itself to me on my journey. The exact choice of places cannot be pre-planned they suggest themselves to me when I am there”.
“I use sketches to capture the place and produce working drawings from these with each one developing the picture. In a sense they are experiments and I never know what the final result will look like. I work on them until the picture starts to become complete which means it is no longer just about the place but works as a whole. When this point has been reached it is also the most direct depiction of the feeling I had in the place or the one I was trying to express, “adds Knight.
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About John Knight
John Knight is Director of User-Lab at the UCE Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. A specialist in Human-Computer Interaction, his work includes academic and commercial research in usability and accessibility. John runs regular Web accessibility training days with The RNIB and ECOTEC.
He studied at University College Wales with Interactive Arts Pioneer Roy Ascott, and has since worked for a number of major international clients including McCann Erikson, Euro RSCG, The British Council and Honda.
Upon completing an MSc in User-Interface Design at London Guildhall University in 2000, John has worked in research and design. This work has included academic research for The British Library, Whirlpool and The BBC. His consultancy practice includes commercial user-centred design research for major consultancies and public/private sector organizations in the UK.
John is a longstanding member of The British Computer Society, Human-Computer Interaction Group, Design Research Society and The Usability Professionals’ Association. He is an Associate Editor of The Design Journal, and is on the Advisory Editorial Board for IDEAL Publishing. A regular contributor to Usability News, John reviews HCI and Design Issues for Leonardo and Interactions.
John Knight is a founding member of the Birmingham Usability Group and The International Design and Engagability Conference Series.
About St Pauls Gallery
St Pauls Gallery is the largest retail gallery in the Midlands. Its contemporary warehouse design houses both original and printed works by renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Picasso, Dali, Warhol, and many other 19th and 20th Century masters.
St Pauls Gallery also exclusively publishes and retails the World’s largest collection of iconic signed, limited edition album covers, in the form of very high quality fine art prints.