Suburban Primitive Art

Carl Knickerbocker

...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.

Kathleen Frederick (director AE Backus Museum)

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.

Orlando Weekly

Knickerbocker's art provides us with a paradox that is simultaneously entertaining and enlightening, thus transforming the prosaic into poetry.

Gary Monroe (author, photographer)

                                      recent and upcoming exhibits and screenings - 2016 + 2017


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. "SP #23" an official selection.   Madison, WI.

October. Orlando Edge Film Festival.  "Night Periscope" an official selection. Orlando, FL

November.  Cutting Edge International Film Festival. "Having a Ball" an official selection.  An online festival.

December.  Codec Festival de Video Y Creaciones Sonoras. "Night Periscope" an official selection. Mexico City. Mexico.

December.  Chicago Amarcord Arthouse Television and Video Fest. "Night Periscope" an official selection. Chicago, IL

2017  

January.  "Florida With a Twist". Group art exhibit at Casselberry City Hall. Casselberry, FL.

Feb.  "In the Eyes of the Hungry: Florida's Changing Landscape". A group exhibit. Screening "The Last Orange Grove of Middle Florida". University of Central Florida Art Gallery. Orlando, FL

March.  West Virginia Mountaineer Film Festival. "Night Periscope" an official selection.  Morgantown, WV.

May-June.  Morean Art Center.  "100 Years/100 Artists". Group art exhibit.  St Petersburg, FL.

May-June.  Avalon Island Art Gallery. "Art from the HandMade Puppet Dreams film series.  Orlando, FL.

July.   Atomic Cafe Gallery.  Small Wonders #5: An exhibition of tiny art and films.  "Twilight Suburb" an official selection to the film festival.  Detroit, MI








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.

David Fithian (exhibition coordinator Deland Museum of Art)

Knickerbocker's paintings may engage the viewer with childlike playfulness, but it is anything but child's play.

Lindy Shepherd (Orlando Weekly)

Museum of Florida Art

Broward College Art Gallery

Courtesy of Seminole Voice