Nicholas Knight (1975, United States) makes artworks through music, performance, publishing, and language. He graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Painting, Art History, and History and Philosophy of Science.
In 2015, Knight founded Command-X, an indie-pop art-collective based in New York, with additional contributors in Paris. Blurring the analog and the digital, the personal and the technological, they write songs to joyfully acknowledge that “misunderstanding” is just another way of making something new. They have self-released two vinyl albums, Instrumentalized (2016) and Incisions (2018), with contributions from Valentina Traianova and Sebastien Pluot in Paris.
“My proposal for AiR 351 is to use the time and resources to continue to push outward on the limits of what’s possible for the structure of Command-X. Simultaneously, new works demand new approaches to performance, and that means the involvement of unexpected publics, which is so energizing. Because my background is in the plastic arts, developing the music and performance inevitably generates new graphic works and editions.”
Nicholas Knight has shown extensively in the US and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Emily Harvey Foundation, New York; Rectangle, Brussels; 65GRAND, Chicago; Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco; B2 Project Space, Seoul; Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto; Eugene Binder Gallery, Marfa Texas; and others. His work has been included in group exhibitions at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; CNEAI, Paris; CUNY Graduate Center, New York; La Panaceé, Montpellier, France; The Drawing Center, New York; Teachers College, Columbia University, New York; Queens Museum, New York; and others.
With Command-X he has presented shows at CNEAI= in Paris, Cal Arts in Los Angeles, and Emily Harvey Foundation in New York, among other venues. Along the way, their lineup has expanded to include Stephanie Lin, Shay Guthrie, Richard Lowenburg, Keichelle Black, and Joi Bittle.