Published in Arts + Culture TX, a review of the Contemporary Art Museum Houston's survey of works by Christopher Knowles:
A major focus of Knowles’s work is communication—a lasting interest that he’s had since taking lessons on communication skills at a young age, connecting to his interests in motion, time, and measurement. They may seem disconnected at times, but Knowles appears to view them collectively, picking out the details he needs for a given work and neatly returning it to its allotted place when he’s finished.
Time in particular is a recurring theme throughout his body of work; he often includes clocks, watches, and timepieces. Meticulous in his awareness of time, Knowles uses his poetry to detail radio stations and pop culture lists that capture moments in time by the day, week, or year. At a glance, they may seem like nothing, but Knowles offers up empirical evidence of what life is like in a given moment. This meticulous nature can also be seen in his typewriter drawings. They show extreme attention and care as the artist reprocesses objects and spaces through a keyboard and a selection of inks.
The measurement of time plays a crucial role in life, but there are times in the exhibition where Knowles looks to be a passive observer of the world. Even still, he somehow simultaneously manages to fulfill his role as an active participant, stepping out of the world to rearrange some mundane, everyday item and bringing it back in to show it to us from a new perspective.