Storm King Art Center, New York.
This is one of the series of slender catalogues produced to document John Knight's exhibitions and public projects over the past thirty-five years. Austerely designed in a serial format of white, often die-cut wrappers, this installment documents Knight's 2001 outdoor Storm King Art Center installation entitled "87º". "John Knight’s work, 87°, draws the viewer’s focus off the Art Center’s property to an industrial object in its viewshed: the shapely water tower of the former Star Expansion Company. From a telescope on a newly constructed viewing platform, a visual line is drawn obliquely across the allée of trees in the center’s south fields to the upper portion of the water tower, about a mile away. Looking beyond Storm King, the work highlights the institutions relationship to its larger sociopolitical context, including its role within evolving regional land-use systems. Focusing on these overlooked aspects of contextual relevance, it adds meaning to a key element of Storm King’s success: the value of a well-placed lookout."