John Knecht has been working on films, videos, and animations since 1973. He has been teaching video art for 35 years and 40 years of working experience. Knecht was trained as a painter in the 60’s and backing into making his work move.
He explains that it’s important to make pictures and thinking about the color relation, scale, and the proportions of the piece. His advice is to look up other works by artists to get inspired and practice to build on ones own experience. But not to rely too much on something someone made, come up with a design you make. To be a good artist, Knecht advises to figure out who you are.
Knecht likes to draw, most of his work has started with pencil and paper, then later scanned into Photoshop where he edits and loops the images. As a modernist, Knecht believes in central things. He in interested in the notion of the supernatural because as a child, religion was very important to Knecht. His quest in his work is for the super natural, thinking of the culture and traditions of the people. Knecht also uses abused amusement; dead clowns, war, good and evil, in his work.
Knecht enjoys the freedom of making things; it’s fun for him. When his work in put into a gallery, it is like the last stage of his studio. The installation of a show is still like creating his studio.