John Knuth (b. 1978 US)
Distorted Landscape – Zealand, 2018
Mirrored Mylar, staples, acrylic on canvas and panel. Artist build frame, white lacquered wood, plexiglass front
107 x 168 cm.
Signed and dated by the artist on verso
John Knuth continues to reinvent how an image is made, and how that process informs the work’s meaning. In his series, The Distorted Landscape reflects Knuth’s commitment to exploring how we make images of our changing landscape. To do this, Knuth employs Mylar, the highly reflective, razor-thin material often used for emergency blankets. The mirrored Mylar is layered in mountain silhouette forms, and as the material is cut, stapled, stretched and pulled, ripples form that cause the Mylar to distort. Thus The Distorted Landscape does not offer a fixed view of what the landscape is rather it proposes a vision of an ever-changing environment that shifts as we interact with it.