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Prominent Los Angeles gallery represents art professor

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Silke Otto-Knapp

Silke Otto-Knapp.

Regen Projects in Los Angeles recently announced its representation of Silke Otto-Knapp, associate professor of art at UCLA known for her crepuscular landscapes and figurative tableaux that engage with the history of painting.

Otto-Knapp’s signature style employs subtle washes of watercolor, slowly built up layer by layer on the surface of the canvas to create form. Each carefully constructed composition embodies distinct moods evoked through a juxtaposition of flatness and luminosity achieved through painterly chroma and surface texture. Drawing inspiration from myriad sources and subject matter including historical figures, landscapes, seascapes, poetry, modern dance choreography, and theater design, her work engages both abstraction and representation, simultaneously evoking and erasing form on the picture plane.

Otto-Knapp was born in Osnabrück, Germany in 1970. She earned a M.A. from Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, and a degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Hildesheim, Germany.

Regen Projects is a prominent contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles. Otto-Knapp joins fellow UCLA faculty Lari Pittman, Catherine Opie, and James Welling as well UCLA art alumni including Elliott Hundley, Toba Khedoori, and Jennifer Pastor on the gallery’s roster of artists.

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