Brian Knep uses science and technology to explore change, healing, struggle and acceptance. Often his works are dynamic and respond to changes in their environment. Some are simply aware of the passage of time while others are interactive, sensing and reacting to the people around them. Knep has exhibited internationally, including solo shows at the New Britain Museum of American Art, the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and Arizona State University and group shows at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Laval Virtual in France, MobileArt in Sweden, and the Insa Art Center in Korea. His works have won awards from Ars Electronica, Americans for the Arts, AICA/New England and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2005, Knep became the first artist-in-residence at Harvard Medical School in a program co-sponsored by Harvard’s Office for the Arts. Knep lives and works in Boston and is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NY and Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston.
Healing Pool is a large, interactive floor projection that reacts to viewer movement. When viewers interact with the work by walking, rolling or dancing across it, the organic patterns on the floor pull away from them. After the viewers leave, the patterns grow back, but in a slightly transformed way; through this process, a cumulative record of each interaction is created and revealed. Brian Knep takes inspiration for Healing Pool from public reflecting pools and historic spaces, such as the Duomo in Florence, Italy, where people share a transformative experience that is at once interactive, meditative and formal.