Join us for a conversation between artist Knowledge Bennett and Jonathan T.D. Neil, Director of Sotheby's Institute of Art - Los Angeles at The KNOW Contemporary. The conversation will be followed a limited edition release, a book launch and the opportunity to view the exhibition. Moment of Silence, curated by Art Business alumna Erika Hirugami, MAAB., Curatorial Director at The KNOW Contemporary. 

Knowledge Bennett collides minimalist and abstract aesthetic techniques with inquisitive concerns about healing, spirituality, and a conscious craving for the sublime. His current aesthetic practice has brought forth an introspective contemplation of life and death, that has expanded into the canvas surface. Bennett is seeking an almost restorative approach to cataloging thy self as a way to inventory that which is of true importance to the human experience via aesthetics. Influenced by various movements in art history, such as abstract expressionism, color field painting, minimalism, and pop art, Bennett’s artwork displays a meaningful and conceptual understanding. Until recently Bennett was immersed in modes of mechanical reproduction, by which he created artworks that pinned the contemporary sociological understanding of political and ideological tensions.


Jonathan T.D. Neil is head of Global Business Development for Sotheby’s Institute of Art and founding Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art – Los Angeles, a partnership with Claremont Graduate University, the Getty Leadership Institute, the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management and CGU’s School of Arts and Humanities. He also serves as Associate Editor for ArtReview magazine. Jonathan has a Ph.D. in 20th-century Art History from Columbia University and a B.Arch from Cornell University. He has taught courses on modern and contemporary art and architectural history, the international art market, critical writing, critical theory, and the history of photography at Columbia University, Parsons The New School for Design, and the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York. He is a member of the New York Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).

Erika Hirugami holds a MAAB from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, in conjunction with the Drucker School of Management and Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University. As well as multiple BAs from UCLA in the fields of Art History, Chicano Studies, and Mexican Studies. She is currently a graduate student at UCLA, where she challenges the convergence of transnational aesthetics with a special focus on undocumented Mexican experiences. As a Getty and Kress Foundation Fellow Hirugami has developed curatorial statements at museums such as CMA, MOLAA, MAZ, MUAC, and Bellas Artes, in Mexico City. After being a Public Art Curator for the Department of Cultural Affairs in the City of Los Angeles, Hirugami became the Curatorial Director for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. She has curated exhibitions for multiple galleries across the globe and her written work has been published internationally. She is currently the Curatorial Director of The KNOW Contemporary, as well as the Founder and CEO of CuratorLove.

Moment of Silence. Knowledge Bennett’s latest body of work marks an evolution from his deep interest in socio-political pop-art based subject matters. It gives way to an introspective yet conceptual concern marked by abstraction and minimalism; one that is deeply rooted in the collective consciousness and the infinite capabilities of thy self. Each artwork within this series provides a new perspective, an intimate moment of respite in which color is free from object and becomes subject itself.