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IAN DAVE KNIFE ®

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Ian Dave Knife was raised  in Zimbabwe and based in New York, my work as an artist and political activist challenges the traditional norms of Zimbabwe Shona stone sculpture. My choice of artistic materials for the past 25 years both advances and subverts the traditional stone sculpture that dominates Zimbabwean art. A current piece incorporates buffalo horn, which is used by medicine men in Zimbabwe to empower and strengthen the warrior before battle. The shaman invests the buffalo horn with meaning that in turn influences the warriors’ belief and actions, similar to how wielding an AK47 or a Bible creates feelings of power in the user. I incorporate my personal experience as an African man as well as Black world history to create objects of influence and power. I intend my work to have a profound impact on viewers, raising their consciousness to the importance of Black culture in the global community. My work speaks in the current climate, and of times past where many believe Black history has no relevance. I incorporate varied and diverse textures, shapes and forms in my creative process. When sculpting stone with traditional African stone carving adzes, I enter a rhythmic trance state where the stone literally talks to me – it opens ups and shows me the possibilities of what is hiding inside. My choice of materials brings to my work an almost shamanistic effect. I use living plants, wood, bones, stone, and human hair to instill power and the rituals needed for its expression in the viewer. My art evokes traditional and cultural values, giving voice to those who are often unheard, and reveals the panorama of African history. My intention is to draw the viewer in with shapes, images, textures, and mixed media designs, narrating stories of voyages and migrations. My ability to connect with and listen to the stone creates art that speaks of new and unpredictable cycles, thoughts, and associations. I hope to create an experiential exchange challenging the viewer’s perceptions, perspectives, and assumptions. A current piece I'm working on in clay (to be later cast in bronze) is a tribute to Augusta Savage's 1939 sculpture titled "The Harp."

Extensive national and international exhibitions and several works in museum collection.

Talking Stone Studio

145 E 15Th Street , Apt 5M

New York City

NY 10003

USA

720 209 0064

Iank282@gmail.com

www.IanKnife.com

What's on my mind...

Art Students League of New York

Posted on Jan 6, 2019 | Last Updated Jan 6, 2019

Art Students League of New York

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my new location in Boulder Colorado

Studio 54 Boulder
Posted on Sep 4, 2014 | Last Updated Sep 4, 2014

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NORTH BOULDER STUDIO TOUR

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Posted on Sep 4, 2014 | Last Updated Sep 4, 2014

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IAN DAVE KNIFE ®

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 | Last Updated May 23, 2019
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10 Dec 2010 opening at Wilder Nighting gale gallery in Taos

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012

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Posted on Apr 30, 2008 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012

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Posted on Jan 16, 2008 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012

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THE MIRACLE OF MOSES

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012

TEXAS LIMESTONE SCULPTURE ALL HAND CARVED

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BRAND NEW WORKS

Posted on Sep 15, 2007 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012

New works just in time for the fall.

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Fresh Works

Posted on Aug 10, 2007 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012

New sculptures by Ian Dave Knife for 2007.

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Posted on Mar 27, 2006 | Last Updated Jan 15, 2019

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opening two man show

Posted on Mar 26, 2006 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012

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Posted on Feb 27, 2006 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012
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Posted on Nov 14, 2005 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012
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i am opening a new comtemporary sculpture park & gallery in Taos

Posted on Oct 16, 2005 | Last Updated Jun 21, 2012

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Traci

Sep 3, 2014

Love your work in all mediums. Look forward to seeing more.

John Griffis

Sep 17, 2006

Excellent examples of your work! Please post more photos!

ian knife

Feb 3, 2011

I will post more , John. I need more stone after the snows over.

Thank you