Mark Armijo McKnight’s work expands the traditions of his photographic predecessors: shooting in the landscape of Southern California, New Mexico and Arizona with a formalist eye towards the textures and patterns of rock, sky, water and grasses. The bodies in his photographs are representative of friends and acquaintances, a mostly queer community largely absent from the photographic histories he engages. Through careful printing, arrangement and installation, McKnight draws formal and figurative parallels that speak to the ways in which a geography both inscribes upon and is inscribed by our histories, traumas, intimacies, and subjectivities. The photographs describe queer intimacy with and within a landscape queerly registered and reconsidered: in terms of the mythopoetic, the sexual and the psychological.View CV
Mark Armijo McKnight Awarded 2023 Guggenheim Fellowship
Mark Armijo McKnight Show at Paul Soto Gallery
Mark McKnight and the Bodies that Modernist Photography Didn't See
A photo essay with writing by Chris Wiley was published in The New Yorker online on June 15, 2020.
Mark McKnight on Frederick Sommer, a Conversation with Audrey Sands
McKnight and Sands discuss the legacy of acclaimed twentieth-century photographer Frederick Sommer and McKnight’s long-standing interest in Sommer’s life and work.
Mark Armijo McKnight in conversation with Garth Greenwell at Aperture
LACMA acquires Mark McKnight's Photographs
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has acquired of Bodyfold, 2019 and Destructive Distillation (Tar Cosmos), 2019.
Photographer Mark McKnight Turns Queer Bodies Into Abstract Landscapes
Harry Tafoya reviews Mark McKnight's shows at Aperture and Klaus von Nichtssagend in Art In America, March 2020 issue.
Mark McKnight: Park View / Paul Soto
Andy Campbell reviewed Hunger for the Absolute, Mark McKnights's solo show at Park View / Paul Soto in Los Angeles.
Mark McKnight’s Exuberant Tribute to Queer Tenderness
Novelist and poet Garth Greenwell writes on Mark McKnights photographs in the December 2019 Issue of Aperture.
Mark McKnight: Hunger for the Absolute
Zach Ritter reviews Mark McKnight's solo show at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, in the Brooklyn Rail, March 2021 issue.
Liberating the Taxonomic
Steven Warwick reviewed Hunger for the Absolute, Mark McKnights solo show at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery and Park View / Paul Soto in the March 2020 issue of Bomb Magazine