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Gamut Gallery's "C4W" Leads Kristoffer Knutson in New Directions

Evan Ishmael: Blue 2

Evan Ishmael: Blue 2

For their third annual juried exhibit, "C4W: 2014," Gamut Gallery has brought in curator Kristoffer Knutson, former owner of Robot Love and current partner of the soon-to-be relaunched website mplsart.com, which he runs with Emma Berg, for a show that includes 23 regional and international artists. Knutson says people who know his past art interests, which has tended toward a street art/graffiti style, may be surprised by a broader aesthetic on display at the "C4W" show. 

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Knutson says his expectations were challenged during the process of selecting work from the open call for artists. While in the past he has been drawn to poster and street art, he found pretty quickly that based on the submissions, he was able to embrace a much wider variety of styles and genres. "It was really about Gamut's audience, and the reach of artists they were in touch with," he says. "I was genuinely looking at work in a new way I hadn't experienced." 

As the first crop of submissions rolled in, certain themes started to take shape. A lot of figurative pieces were submitted. "Right off the bat, I started thinking about the idea of the space we live in now in our culture, and the level of narcissism with selfies and projection of ourselves to the outer world," he says.

Later, when more abstract work came in through the open call, Knutson felt himself using a self-imposed lens based on the earlier figurative work, where he was looking at how some of the abstract pieces were a means for artists to reflect inward. The resulting show ultimately is a mix of portrait work, followed by quiet moments. "It bounds back and forth in that way," he says. "Being an open call, there's a difficulty in finding a thread through everything." 

Leah Edelman-Brier, <i>The Kiss</i>

Leah Edelman-Brier, The Kiss

Knutson expects people to be surprised by the work he has selected. "Hopefully, people see it more as a reflection of a larger aesthetic not limited by the world of pop final or poster art," he says. 

IF YOU GO:

C4W

There will be an opening party Friday, October 24 from 7 to 11 p.m.

On Thursday, November 6 at 6 p.m., Gamut will host a conversation with Knutson, gallery director Jade Patrick, and Public Functionary director Tricia Khutoretsky.

The closing party will then be held on November 22 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Gallery open hours are on Thursdays and Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m., or by appointment.