Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Keith Rocka Knittel: Prosperity Gospel

Anthony Greaney x Samsøn x DAN GRAHAM @ Cottage Home
January 14 - February 20, 2011.  Opening reception Friday, January 14, 6-9PM.
410 Cottage Home St
Los Angeles (Chinatown), CA 90012

Craig Drennen
Liz Glynn
Greg Hayes
Ian Jeffrey
Keith Rocka Knittel
Nick Kramer
Calvin Lee
Annette Lemieux
Todd Pavlisko
Matthew Rich


Keith Rocka Knittel
Prosperity Gospel

Prosperity Gospel is a sculptural installation with concepts arising from a Pentecostal theology Knittel links, through these pieces, to the recent housing bubble and its subsequent burst in America’s Sun-Belt states.  Knittel toys with the idea of gospel as a counterpart to the achievement of the American dream through the creation of objects that represent this idea that faith will reap financial reward.

Fabricated from ready-made, artificially opulent construction materials accessed in home renovation super-stores, the central pieces in Prosperity Gospel are symbolic of miraculous financial gifts from the Heavens.  Two large architectural elements book-end the installation and emblematically re-construct an existing space- the project space Dan Graham- within Cottage Home, while also functioning as altars or lecterns that tower over the viewer.

Keith Rocka Knittel received an MFA from CalArts, Valencia, California, and a BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland.  He currently lives and works in San Pedro, California.

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