August 30 – September 30
Opening Reception, Thursday September 8, 5-7pm
Free & open to the public
Lecture, Saturday September 10, 1pm. $5 admission – please call 941-746-2862 to register
Free to Director’s Circle members
A GATHERING of IMAGINARY FRIENDS
Wood sculptures and paintings by Candace Knapp
Through laminating and carving wood, I make sculptures that populate the ceiling, stand on the floor or hang on a wall and sometimes, rarely, recline on a pedestal. These are inhabitants of my imagination, made real. They are gentle creatures, for the most part, and I think of them as my imaginary friends. I have started painting too, and the paintings seem to be windows on the world where the sculptures originate. Over the last few years I have had several installations in museums. Each time there are some new characters and the way they are arranged enhances their meaning. They bounce off one another like characters in a play.
In this exhibition at ArtCenter Manatee I have added something new, their voices. I have always thought these characters had a message for me and have begun to write poems for many of them. These are available in a small book that accompanies the exhibition.
Candace Knapp studied sculpture at the Cleveland Institute of Art and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois. Her sculptures are in the permanent collections of the Memphis Brooks Museum in Tennessee and the Miaoli Wood Sculpture Museum in Taiwan. She has had installations in several museums and created 5 Public Art commissions as well as several commissions in hospitals and libraries. She minored in painting and has recently begun painting as well.