Jan Knap

Galeria Toselli

Jan Knap’s eight paintings and six watercolors shown here (all from 1988) glow with what appears to be a pure white light. Harmonies of bright, vibrant colors are accompanied by orderly, well-crafted forms and smooth, clean, and calm surfaces. But beyond the formal aspects of this visually seductive, almost tranquilizing body of work lies a set of religious beliefs tied to both a certain perception of history and an ideal of the social present. These works function as representations of fictional episodes in the life of Jesus, and as representations of an idealized contemporary Christian existence.

In one of Knap’s untitled works shown here, light flows in through an open, uncovered window to illuminate a quotidian scene of family life. Closest to the foreground is a simple wooden table half-covered by a crisp white tablecloth, upon which sits a solitary apple. Sitting on the floor, a boy

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