Thursday, November 24, 2011


Another holiday season is peaking its garland crowned head around the corner and Plywood is welcoming it with open arms and a bit of art, minced pies, and booze. That's right boys and girls Plywood is hosting its Holiday Bizarre in North Baltimore's Belvedere Square. So if you are an artist, craftsmen, artisan, hobbyist, or weird-o that makes stuff come and join us December 17th.

Anyone interested in participating please send us your:
Space requirements
Images or a link to your website
Your name would be nice
and the best way to get in touch with you.

Thursday, November 17, 2011



Public Reception December 9th 6-10ish

My work is largely an interdisciplinary exploration of various social systems and habitual methods of perception. It frequently manifests as comical interferences, mash-ups, cognitive glitches, and benign Zen-like pranks. I am interested in prying open and examining the fundamental constructs of sensations and their subsequent translations.

Familiar objects, places, words, and images that often bear personal significance are appropriated, recontextualized, and intensified to create a playfully dissonant sense of estrangement in order to catalyze the alteration of conceptual frameworks or rather, to rediscover deeper, intuitive means of understanding. It's the remix of a remix; umbrella.*

I aim to deliberately create blank, generously confrontational, absurd objects or experiences that beg for a reconsideration or more conscious awareness of what they appear to represent in reality. I'm continually fascinated by the metaphysical that exists within the mundane and wish to share my enthusiasm for the constant discovery of inherent abstractions that reveal themselves in ordinary, day to day experiences.

* It makes fun of itself

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ian Umlauf : Teparu

Opening : Friday October 7, 2011 7-10

Teparu, one of many possible recombinations of letters that make up the Spanish word for door (puerta), is the nonsensical word that Ian Umlauf chooses to refer to each of the works in his current exhibition at PLYWOOD. Using discarded hollow-core doors as his primary medium, Umlauf suggests new use-value for the quotidien and the rejected. By cutting and reorganizing the doors into new configurations, re-purposing the doors' skeletal structures as readymade printing presses, and integrating inkjet prints and found posters into the mix, the artist challenges the viewer to adjust, reconsider, and adapt their relationship to simple objects and imagery. Umlauf's interest in the atmosphere of mediated images, and the quasi-cubistic effect of multiple perspectives become evident as one weaves through the exhibition, leaning towards, glancing up, forgetting, chuckling. Formal relationships such as mirroring, repetition, and flipping are presented through visual conundrums to establish themes and to draw out conflated perspectives and spaces. These subtle disorientations and the short-circuiting of perceptual flow ideally serve to heighten the viewer's self-awareness in relation to the teparus. If this is too high an order, then a simple appreciation for the technology of hollow-core door manufacturing will do.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Plywood is a new flexible white cube project site located in North Baltimore's Belvedere Square. As part of Roving Project Plywood occupies a currently unused space, transforming it into a space for creative practice. Plywood will only occupy the location until another tenant leases the available store front.

Utilizing the blank form of the white cube hopes to differentiate and highlight the work that is showcased. Plywood is not a old boys club and welcomes artists, designers and curators who wish to get involved by volunteering their help and sending in proposals for exhibitions/projects. We are open to all proposals and encourage anyone to send ideas for consideration. All exhibition proposals will be reviewed by a committee of artists, collectors and local business owners.

Funding for Plywood is provided through the sale of artwork, the attendance of special events and private parties. Donations are always welcome.