January Marx Knoop
Comments and Reviews
works look and feel radically different. They are sculptural and painterly
due to her application of mixed media. Utilizing gravel, bird feathers
and a variety of other objects, her pieces interweave animal and human
shapes, emphasizing her belief in the interconnectedness often found in
nature. Her choices in material application and composition make for a
most interesting work on display is Trio, three eccentrically shaped
metal plates encrusted with different patterns of metal knobs, drips and
hummocks like mineral and crystal growths by Jan Knoop of Cincinnati.
A delightfully illusionistic mobile, Trio is suspended from the
ceiling, looking deceptively light, like giant bits of leaves or bits
of torn cardboard. It is only on a second look that you realize the soft-spoken
threat of weight over your head."
the artist dazzles us with her improvised creation made of found objects.
Goose on Grass, I thought, was interesting not only because it
was colorful and playful, but also because it was very inventive."
display of your work has been a delight to me, and I have heard many others
say that it is the best exhibit the gallery has offered...it is...satisfying
to be able to provide exhibit space for a young artist with something
to say and the talent to express it as wonderfully as you are able to
Marx Knoop is more archetypal in her paintings and more visionary in her
bone assemblages. Her colors often suggest considerable knowledge of primitive
artifacts and recall the muted colors of primitive textiles, which are
wonderfully suited to the subtlety of her more cosmic symbolism...Several
are pure magic, subtle in color and poetic in form..."
sculptures are imaginative constructions of animal bones that capture
the spirit of both humans and animals. Her paintings are of very textured
and brightly colored imaginary creatures."
redoubtable Jan Knoop is another member of the group who is achieving
a definite identity. Prolific and versatile, Knoop makes sculptures, paintings...
works with metal, acrylics, animal bones - you name it."
is a wonderful exhibit, full of life and color and excitement. Particularly
outstanding is the mask made of cattle bones by Cincinnatian Jan Knoop.
Vertebrae are perched atop a pelvis and painted so as to seem to be small
animals. It hovers somewhere between whimsical and terrifying."
of the attention goes to the welded metal animals of Jan Knoop, who builds
comic animals out of found metal objects. The use of the materials is
clever, the craft excellent, the whimsy enjoyable. My attention, though,
was captured by her black and white drawings, whose interwoven patterns
and forms are complex and subtle enough to survive repeated viewings."
exhibition of works by members of the Boston Visual Artists Union marks
the continuation of an innovative cultural exchange. Jan Knoop's copper,
brass, and bronze King II is a commanding piece that would impress
German viewers as much as it now is fascinating Bostonians."
work of a remarkable artist. Her work is truly astonishing and most worthy
of your attention."
Knoop enjoys an eclectic artistic career of 30 years that largely shows
off her exuberant sensibility. …wild swirl of colors and…gently primitive-mythical
© 2004 January Marx Knoop. All