Mark McKnight

In this temporarily prevailing landscape

January 10 - February 16, 2020

Opening Reception : January 10, 2020 6-8 pm

Mark McKnight installation view, 2020
Mark McKnight, Burned Map (or Body), 2019gelatin silver print332 × 40 inches, 81.28 × 101.60 cm
Mark McKnight, His Birth (or Black Egg), 2019gelatin silver print20 x 24 inches, 50.80 x 60.96 cm
Mark McKnight installation view, 2020
Mark McKnight, untitled, 2019gelatin silver print24 x 30 inches, 60.96 x 76.20 cm
Mark Mcknight, Violence, 2019gelatin silver print11 x 14 inches, 27.94 x 35.56 cm
Mark McKnight installation view, 2020
Mark McKnight, The Black Place , 2019gelatin silver print40 x 50 inches, 101.60 x 127.00 cm
Mark McKnight installation view, 2020

Press Release

How do I meet the gaze of another matter-machine?

There and here borders cut between different ways of being
a life form. I, with my silhouette: without becoming a tree
I dare to rest here beneath the tree. This endless faith in rims,
edges, cutting points and the loyalty of objects. With an
endless trust in the silhouettes, in that the straps and
cuts, the stitches will hold things in place.

Out of a trust in matter.

In this exact light. In this temporarily prevailing landscape.

– Aase Berg


Mark McKnight’s first solo show at the gallery will include five new large-format photographs taken throughout the Southwest. Landscapes and queer bodies appear in flux as McKnight blurs a multitude of formal and figurative boundaries: earth and flesh, self and subject, artist and documentarian.

Mark McKnight (b. Los Angeles, CA) holds a BFA from the San Francisco Institute of Art, and an MFA from the University of California Riverside. His work has previously exhibited in several group exhibitions and catalogs of photography including 20/20 Vision: An International Photography Biennial and Defining Photographs & Radical Experiments in Inland Southern California, 1950 – Present (California Museum of Photography, Riverside, 2019). Recent solo exhibitions include if water forgets how to play mirror (Queens, Los Angeles, 2018) and Turn Into (James Harris, Seattle, 2018). In 2017, he was an artist in residence at The Shandaken Project at Storm King Art Center. In 2019, McKnight was selected as a Light Work A.I.R. and was the winner of the 2019 Aperture Portfolio Prize. A solo show of his work is currently on view at the Aperture Gallery in New York through January 15.


EVENT: Aperture Conversations

Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, is pleased to present a conversation between Mark McKnight and acclaimed writer Garth Greenwell.

Monday, January 13
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY