Everson Museum of Art presents John Knecht. Fragments from the Wheels of Ezekie

THe Everson Museum of Art presents John Knecht. Fragments from the Wheels of Ezekie, an exhibition on view through March 4, 2012.
John Knecht is the featured artist for the Urban Video Project in January and February. In conjunction with the exhibition of Deluge and Anima on the Everson’s north façade, a series of Knecht’s animations, called Fragments from the Wheels of Ezekiel, will be on view inside the Museum.

“The Fragments, individual animations displayed on monitors, provide a glimpse into the artist’s brilliant imagination, where fantasy collides with vivid colors and quirky sounds,” said Debora Ryan, Everson Museum of Art Senior Curator. “Knecht begins with detailed drawings of dreamlike images and symbols that only exist in Knecht’s imagined world. The images are then scanned into an electronic format where they can be altered, manipulated, and combined to create dynamic, stop-motion animations.”

Fragments is largely autobiographical, informed by Knecht’s childhood memories of his Midwestern hometown where he attended elementary school in a church basement. Biblical references can be found throughout Knecht’s animations, in this case, a fascination with the prophet Ezekiel and visions of wheels of fire.

Knecht states, “Fragments from the Wheels of Ezekiel is a metaphor for the space where there’s no logic—anything goes, there are no rules in that atmosphere.”

John Knecht is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Art & Art History and Film & Media Studies at Colgate University.
An opening night reception is planned for February 10, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres and cash bar catered by Phoebe’s and entertainment by Joseph Davoli and Bob Halligan Jr. The opening reception is free for Everson members, $10 all other guests at the door.

The Everson Museum of Art, whose roots extend to 1897, is internationally recognized for its extensive and significant collection of ceramics, its pioneering art video collection and its distinctive structural design by the noted architect I.M. Pei. As the first museum devoted to collecting American art, the Everson uses this focus to make possible direct encounters with all art through its collections, exhibitions, scholarship, and educational programs. In addition to exhibitions, the Everson presents a monthly Contemporary Film Series, regular Artists Open events and a wide variety of art education programs for adults and children.
The operation of the Everson Museum of Art is made possible with funding from the Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, Syracuse University, County of Onondaga, the Central New York Community Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. – www.everson.org

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