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Mark McKnight

Mark 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.

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Mark McKnight Curates Show at Vielmetter Los Angeles

; is a group show curated by Mark McKnight at Vielmetter in Los Angeles. The show includes work by Etel Adnan, CAConrad, Moyra Davey, Demian Dinéyazhi', Shannon Ebner, John Giorno, Otis Houston Jr., Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Félix González-Torres, The Song Cave, and Cecilia Vicuña. In the press release, McKnight states that "this exhibition is an invitation to think poetically, or as the great Hannah Arendt suggests: 'without a banister.'" The show is on view November 19, 2022 through January 7, 2023.


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.


Captured and Released: Mark McKnight

Mousse Magazine publishes a fully illustrated feature with text by Andrew Berardini in the Spring 2021 issue.


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.


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


Mark McKnight in conversation with Garth Greenwell at Aperture

Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, presented a conversation between acclaimed writer Garth Greenwell and photographer Mark McKnight, winner of the 2019 Aperture Portfolio Prize. Greenwell and McKnight spoke about the mystery and beauty of rendering queer life in words and photographs.


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 Bodyfold, 2019


LACMA acquires Mark McKnight's Photographs

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has acquired of Bodyfold, 2019 and Destructive Distillation (Tar Cosmos), 2019.


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.