Christopher Knowles

Galerie Dorrie & Priess

At first sight, Christopher Knowles’ Typings, 1988, recall the concrete or visual poetry of the ’60s, with perhaps the most famous examples of that genre being Ernst Jandl’s typographical play on the word moral. Jandl stacked lower-case m’s into a pyramid, and the remaining letters of the word formed a thin extension that poked out from the base, suggesting that when we consider the concept of morality, we see only the tip of the iceberg. Christopher Knowles, too, manipulates a single letter into typographic shapes. But when Knowles does so, he uses the initial letter of his first name, heaping his c’s into “images” that have nothing to do with the tradition of visual picture-poems.

In Hamburg, Knowles recently played the title role in Robert Wilson’s production of Parzival, and his exhilaratingly natural performance has made him the darling of the public there. His artworks in Germany have

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