University Galleries at the University of Florida (UF) is pleased to present Videos from a Twilight Suburb: Carl Knickerbocker in the Gary R. Libby Gallery located on UF’s campus in Fine Arts Building C January 11 through February 12, 2016. The public is invited to attend a reception for the exhibition on Friday, January15 from 7-9 p.m. Concurrent receptions will occur in University Gallery and in Grinter Gallery.
Knickerbocker describes himself as a self-taught suburban primitive artist from Central Florida. Videos from a Twilight Suburb: Carl Knickerbocker is a solo show displaying the range and breadth of Knickerbocker’s works. He has explored various mediums, including sculpture, painting and short films videography. His work comments on everything from politics to pop culture to the overdevelopment of his hometown.
Knickerbocker is well known for his Honda Element art cars, his interesting and imaginative collection of icons and bright color palette. He received the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Grant in 1995 and the United Arts of Central Florida Individual Artist Grant in 1998.
Gary Monroe has said that Knickerbocker’s art provides a paradox that is simultaneously entertaining and enlightening, thus transforming the prosaic into poetry. David Fithian referred to Knickerbocker’s work as having a refreshing directness and welcoming us in a primitive world of juxtaposed situations and environments. Lindy Shepherd has said that his paintings engage the viewer with childlike playfulness while being anything but child’s play.
About University Galleries
University Galleries is comprised of three art galleries at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, Florida, and is an integral part of the programs and curricula of the School of Art + Art History.
University Gallery, located in Fine Arts B at the intersection of SW 13th Street and SW 4th Avenue, provides high-quality, thought-provoking exhibitions changing every two to 12 weeks
that engage the university and wider community in stimulating dialogue facilitated by contemporary visual language and culture. For the past 12 years the University Gallery has collaborated with myriad UF colleges, community and regional entities in creating a trans-disciplinary venue for the visual arts. Exhibitions feature internationally-recognized artists, an annual faculty exhibition, a juried student art show and two MFA graduating thesis project shows. The 3,000-square-foot space is a lively, exciting venue that is utilized for many events throughout the academic year. University Gallery is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursdays: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; and Saturdays: 12 p.m.–4 p.m. The gallery is closed Mondays, Sundays and holidays.
Gary R. Libby Gallery is an 850-square-foot space that presents monthly exhibitions of student-curated exhibitions featuring student and alumni artworks. The Gary R. Libby Gallery is located adjacent to the lobby of the School of Art + Art History’s Fine Arts C. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and is closed weekends and holidays.
Grinter Gallery is located in the lobby area of Grinter Hall. Established by an endowment from Linton and Constance Grinter, its primary mission is to present international and multicultural artwork through student curated exhibitions. Grinter Gallery is open Monday through Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. and is closed weekends and holidays.
Daytime parking is available in reserved spaces between Fine Arts C (FAC) and Inner Road. From SW 13th Street, enter campus on Museum Drive. Turn right on Newell Drive, then right on Inner Road. Turn left into the parking lot behind FAC. The first three spaces on the left are reserved for gallery use. Parking permits are issued to gallery visitors in the University Gallery.
For more information, please contact the University Gallery at (352) 273-3000 or visit our website at www.arts.ufl.edu/galleries.
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Leah Spellman, APR
Public Relations and Marketing Manager
University of Florida College of the Arts
Office: 352.273.1489 | Cell: 904.419.3346