Knickerbocker has teamed up with Parlor to bring a curated selection of artworks from galleries in NYC. The partnership was an organic one, which came about through mutual friends, shared values and our ties to New York City. As a retailer Parlor has made art accessible and provided us the opportunity to use art as a vehicle to share the many muses of the brand. We pride ourselves on not only providing our customers meaningful product but a meaningful in store experience. Through our partnership with Parlor we will be curating a selection of some of our favorite artworks and rotating them every few months. Check them out in store or online at the Parlor website.
Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson (b. 1976) finds beauty in the banality of rituals. Raised by an actress and a playwright but trained as a painter, he combines an intuitive sense of performance with an impulse toward stillness.
Amsterdam-based Marjolijn de Wit’s (b. 1979, The Netherlands) ceramic photographic collages, installations, and paintings explore ideas of future archeology, the interpretation of history, and our relationship with nature and the built environment.
Ricardo Gonzalez (b. 1980, Mexico City) utilizes a limited palette, simplified mark-making, and a sense of humor to explore the language of expressionistic painting and drawing.
The suggestion of human features in this painting—an eye here, a limb there—reminds us of expressionist painters like Willem de Kooning. Throughout history, artists have obsessively attempted to reimagine the human form, as methods of "lifelike rendering" were broken down and reimagined. In his paintings like this one, Ricardo carries on this tradition in his particular frenzied and graphic style.
This piece embodies the dichotomy in all of Ricardo Gonzalez's work: both humor and nihilism. It's not clear whether the larger-than-life figures are laughing at you or with you—but then again, they look like rough figments of your imagination, so how menacing can they really be?