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Robert Knoke "Bruce LaBruce": Henzel Studio Collaborations Art Rug

Robert Knoke "Bruce LaBruce": Henzel Studio Collaborations Art Rug

Hand Knotted Rug. Limited Edition and Numbered.

100% New Zealand Wool and Silk. 150 knot.

Available sizes:

65 x 86.5 inches (165 x 220 cm)

71 x 96.5 inches (180 x 245 cm)

79 x 104 inches (200 x 265 cm)

89 x 118 inches (225 x 300 cm)

Made to order. Please expect 18 weeks for delivery.

Custom sizes available upon request. Please email us at info@tomoffinlandstore.com for inquiries.

Shipping included in price

Handmade in Nepal

Produced by Henzel Studio

Read About Robert Knoke for Henzel Studio in Interview Here

For HENZEL STUDIO, Robert Knoke pulled an abstraction from his portrait of artist Bruce LaBruce, a composition consisting of a dense mass of Knoke’s fingerprints.

“I like the moment when the act of drawing exuberates raw energy, it’s also about speed that I try to capture by moving my blackened fingers very fast over the paper. It is like hitting the keyboard of a piano very hard and fast, where each touch leaves a fingerprint.”

Robert Knoke

Born in Hanover, Germany
Lives and works in Hanover, Germany and New York City, USA

Robert Knoke gained worldwide recognition over the past ten
years for his large-scale drawings of personalities shaping contemporary culture. He explores the genre of portraiture and its role in an era dominated by photography, redefining the genre for the 21st century. Knoke has obsessively developed an impressive body of work with a unique and vigorous signature style. His depiction of the human face and figure, neither illustrative nor defined by context, is delicate, sophisticated and elegant, and at times even dark, brutal and disturbing. Insistently working in solitude, he creates a self-imposed distance from his subjects working off of photographs he takes during first-time meetings with his subjects. In these informal settings, he carefully directs posture and facial expression with impulse, and moments later documents with a rawness that is comparable to mug shots. Knoke refrains from capturing an emotional facet of his subjects. Instead, he seeks to capture the raw and individualistic aspect that he initially and instinctually is drawn to. In the physical drawings, the figure stays planted within a space that disregards spatial or temporal boundaries. Abstractions are at times applied with fingerprints, paint smudges, monochrome forms or gestural lines, further shaping the figure and holding it in place.

Although one would think that portraiture is the main theme of Knoke’s work, he is more concerned about the actual drawing than the life-like outcome of his subjects. For him, portraiture is just a point of departure, a vehicle to be able to explore the media itself. Still, Knoke curates his selection of subjects based on his own interests in culture, resulting in a personal embodiment of himself. People that have sat for Robert Knoke include Iris Apfel, Fabien Baron, Bret Easton Ellis, Nicola Formichetti, Gilbert & George, Gossip, Debbie Harry, Roni Horn, Marc Jacobs, The Kills, Terence Koh, Rick Owens, Andrée Putman, Patti Smith, Casey Spooner, Michael Stipe, Liza Thorn, Lawrence Weiner and Olivier Zahm, to name a few.

Regular price $8,270.00