Courtesy of Seminole Voice
Suburban Primitive Art
Knickerbocker's art provides us with a paradox that is simultaneously entertaining and enlightening, thus transforming the prosaic into poetry.
"My decision to program Carl's work is based on reminding audiences that narrative cinema is not
the end-all-be-all, that there is beauty and depth in the avant-garde." Anderson places Knickerbocker
in the lineage of experimental filmmakers like Stan Brakhage and Jonas Mekas. Knickerbocker pursues
his own version of their urban existentialism from his outpost in suburbia.
Tim Anderson (Enzian Theater Program Director) in Yulia Tikhonova's article for the Orlando Weekly
Knickerbocker's paintings may engage the viewer with childlike playfulness, but it is anything but child's play.
Museum of Florida Art
...the exhibit continues in the darker confines that are illuminated by Carl Knickerbocker's raw and garish palettes.
Palm Beach Art Papers
The oversized acrylic on canvas paintings of Carl Knickerbocker are as large and powerful as the societal issues they tackle.
The cultural significance of the power watch has even snuck into the art world: 'The Romance of Conspicuous Consumption' currently hangs in the front window of the Magidson Fine Art Gallery on Madison Avenue.
Sandy Dalal - New York Times
It was a leap into the fast lane when Chuluota based artist Carl Knickerbocker recently shared Madison Avenue gallery space with Pop Art icon Roy Lichtenstein.
There is a refreshing directness to his imposing work as it welcomes us into a primitive world of juxtaposed situations and environments. This work is at the extreme other end of the scale from classical and academic renderings. In this regard, the exhibit challenges the museum visitor in evaluating the ever-changing realm of visual art.
recent and upcoming exhibits and screenings 2015 - 2016
August. Love Your Shorts Summer Rewind. "The Last Orange Grove of Middle Florida" screening. Sanford, FL
August-Sept. Incomplete Guide to the Suburban Primitive. Solo art exhibit. Hillsborough College Gallery of art
at Ybor City. Tampa, FL
October. Orlando Film Festival. Official selection. "SP #15". Orlando, FL
December. BLOW-UP: Chicago Intl Art House Film Festival. "SP #21" an official selection. Chicago, IL
December. Experimental Superstars Film Festival. "Having a Ball". Official selection. Novi Sad, Serbia
January. "Videos From a Twilight Suburb". A solo art exhibit. Libby Art Gallery. University of Florida. Gainesville, FL
February. Bonita Springs Intl Film Festival. "The Last Orange Grove of Middle Florida". Official selection.
Bonita Springs, FL
April. Surfaces: An Evening of Projections and Video Art. Screening "Night Periscope". University of Central
Florida. Orlando, FL.
May. Wellington Underground Film Festival. "Having a Ball" an official selection. Wellington, New Zealand
May. BANG: Barcelona Intl Video Art Festival. "Having a Ball" an official selection. Barcelona, Spain
May. "Orange State". A group art exhibit at the Morean Arts Center. St Petersburg, FL
May. Barcelona Planet Film Festival. "Night Periscope". Official selection. Barcelona, Spain.
June. Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival. "The Last Orange Grove of Middle Florida" an official selection.
Vero Beach, FL
May-June. DDTV Film Festival. "Night Periscope" and "Having a Ball" official selections. Columbia, Maryland.
June. Miami Independent Film Festival. "Night Periscope", official selection. Miami, FL
July. H2O Festival. Invited screening for "Having a Ball" short film. Turku, Finland.
August. "Vanishing Florida: Lampoons and Elegies". A Solo art exhibit. Valencia College Art Gallery. Orlando, FL.
August. Festival Cinema Libre. "Night Periscope" an official selection. Hamburg, Germany.
August. "Off the Wall": Videos selected by the Arts and Literature Laboratory. Screening SP #23. Madison, WI.
Broward College Art Gallery