After last month’s First Thursday Art Walk, walkers gathered at the Hideout on First Hill for City Arts’ inaugural Best of Art Walk Awards. Attendees chatted, danced, drank and voted on which Art Walk artist would receive a five-hundred-dollar gift courtesy of sponsors Blue Moon and 4Culture. They chose photographer and video artist Margot Quan Knight for her exhibition at James Harris Gallery. Joey Veltkamp, City Arts’ visual art writer and the evening’s host, spoke with Knight.
Joel 1978, Mist, 2010, lambda print mounted on 4-ply matte board, 39.5 x 27.5 inches
Congratulations, Margot! Were you surprised? Yes! Well, there is always that hidden hope. Sometimes, hard work and the stars align.
Any thoughts on how you’ll spend the money? I’ll get Jim, my gallerist, a fun present. He worked really hard and hung the show twice to make it fit perfectly in the space.
How would you describe your show? It is a room of photographs, sitting quietly, waiting for your reflection to pass over them. They are photographs of framed photos at my parents’ house, shot at an angle, so you see the room or a view out a window reflected on the glass picture frame. My works are framed under shiny acrylic so they again reflect the room in which they hang. The photos at my parents’ house have been on the walls, for almost thirty years, so I was thinking about how pictures from the past can only be seen through the present, through its reflection.
May’s Best of Art Walk Awards will take place on Thursday, May 6, at the Pioneer Square Caffé Vita.