Humble plywood becomes something exalted at the hands of David Knopp.
The sculptor and craftsman (he accepts both labels) who builds his creations in the garage studio next to his house in the Idlewylde neighborhood in Towson, said plywood inspires him two ways.
"It has a linear effect, but it also shows movement and gesture," he said.
The president of the artists organization Baltimore Sculptors, Josh Gillen, who has exhibited with Knopp, agreed.
"What's impressive is that he takes a material, plywood, that we don't think of as organic, and brings back to it the alive, flowing quality that it once had as an organic piece of wood," he...