So who is this Tony Knox Guy?
Tony Knox is a multidisciplinary artist interested in the illusionary nature behind heroic expression and the undervalued professional.
Knox’s work questions assumptions made about the role of the artist and the futility of living out boy hood dreams. Even his most characteristically humored works refuse to disguise such artistic sincerity.
This is evident in his on-going exchange with the British wrestling community who he has documented for over the past decade. Helping to raise both the profile of the sport as a profession and feed his artistic process, through the medium of film and photography. Knox treats this output as raw material, to be transformed according to the context it is situated in, without hierarchy, whether to shed new light on his heroes in the wrestling industry or for the art institute. Knox uses this privileged position to bridge boundaries between the two, most notably in his energetic performances, which bring the sub-culture of the wrestling ring into the gallery environment.
This has manifested itself in the legendary wrestling character ‘Mothman’, an ongoing stage persona he uses to explore themes such as the role of the superhero artist, adulthood and failure. An artist in the guise of a wrestler living out the fantasies of a schoolboy dream, ‘Mothman’ has performed and exhibited globally in different settings and communities.