INSTALLATION VIEWS

Step 1: Identify

Solo Exhibit at TAG Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. June 8 – July 2, 2022

• Detail photos by Nancy Kay Turner (NKT in captions.)

Full Installation View
West Wall
"Double Exposure"
Detail of "Double Exposure," by NKT
Detail of "Double Exposure," by NKT
Detail of "Double Exposure," by NKT
Detail of "Double Exposure," by NKT
"Comfort Food"
Detail of "Comfort Food," by NKT
Detail of "Comfort Food," by NKT
"Not Your China Doll"
Detail of "Not Your China Doll," by NKT
Detail of "Not Your China Doll," by NKT
Detail of "Not Your China Doll," by NKT
Detail of "Not Your China Doll," by NKT
Detail of "Not Your China Doll," by NKT
"Double Shift/Double Play" diptych
Detail of "Double Play," by NKT
Detail of "Double Play," by NKT
Detail of "Double Shift," by NKT
Detail of "Double Play," by NKT
"American Dream" flanked by "Reverberations" 1 & 2
Detail of "American Dream," by NKT
Detail of "Reverberations 2," by NKT
Detail photo by Leah Knecht
Detail of "Reverberations 1," by NKT
Detail of "Reverberations 2," by NKT
"Fallout" installation photo
"Fallout" studio photo
"Whitewash" installation photo
"Whitewash" studio photo
"Standard Beauty" installation photo
"Standard Beauty" studio photo
"Expectations" installation photo
Detail of "Expectations," by NKT
"So Exotic" installation photo
"So Exotic" studio photo
"So Exotic" studio photo
"Can You See Me?" installation photo
"Can You See Me?" installation photo

Step 1: Identify

 

In this exhibit, Knecht grapples with issues of racial, cultural, and sexual identity, including being bi-racial and the conflicting forces at play. The art is somewhat experiential, as she employs depth, shadows, and projections in this series. Some works are more akin to wall sculptures, and others appear flat at first glance, but have layers of fragments embedded in resin beneath the surface. Vintage window frames form the structure for several pieces, with hand-painted sections, colored resin and film, and various objects and ephemera. The bright colors and graphic sensibility are a nod to Japanese art, packaging and design.

 

Identify refers to both personal and group identity, and identifying problems that exist, which is the first step in resolution. This is Knecht’s most personal work, evolving from her solo show “Equal Justice Under Law,” at the Ontario Museum of Art and History, which ran concurrently with an exhibit on the Tule Lake incarceration of Japanese Americans, and the recent increase in anti-Asian hate in this country.