Galerie Nicolas Robert is pleased to present “Auscultate” an exhibition of recent figurative paintings by Toronto-based artist Kris Knight. With Auscultate (to learn by listening), Knight continues his exploration of intimacy through narratives that revolve around performance, queerness and representation.
With the majority of these new works completed during lockdown, Knight drew inspiration from memory and personal experience, as well as pre-social isolation photographic source material often portraying his friends and acquaintances. The reflexivity in the narrative of these intimate works present paintings and portraits that retreat from the muchness of the world yet subtly mirror and respond to it just the same.
Leveraging silence over distraction, learning over ignorance and listening over speaking, these somber, tender, nostalgic and sometimes humourous reflections of daily life often have an underlying discomfort of total quiet and the uncertainty of now.