Knowledge Bennett is a self-taught multi-disciplinary visual artist. His body of work archives a pursuit of autonomy and a yearning to operationalise the voice of visual narrative. Bennett’s creative exploration began with photography and postwar-inspired silk screen painting, which interrogated the present-day crises of Black existence in America. In 2018 he founded The KNOW Contemporary, an art gallery that challenges traditional thinking about the utility of creative production within the community.
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I Can't Keep Making The Same Mistake, 2021
Watercolour paint and paper, archival adhesive medium
66 x 42inches
Ms. Lander’s I Can’t Keep Making The Same Mistake, was first shown at my gallery, THE KNOW CONTEMPORARY in 2021. She and I shared the space putting on two solo exhibitions. When helping curate the exhibit, I had the privilege of seeing the work in person before others. Her works were very cohesive, therefore changing very little aesthetically, yet the different body postures along with the titles distinguished one from the other. I must say, I was attracted to all of the pieces, but it was the title of this one that struck a cord in me. In life, it’s quite easy for us to self sabotage and “I Can’t Keep Making The Same Mistake”, sums this up in such a beautiful and straightforward way. It’s a simple yet profound statement that I feel many can relate to. As visual artists we can sometimes breathe life into a work with the titles or narratives that accompany them. The proper pairing of words and images can be quite powerful.