East meets West in new print exhibit at Westnorth Studio

`Here, There' puts emphasis on drawing

Arts: museums, literature

November 27, 2003|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

American and Japanese printmakers exhibit side by side in Here, There & Now, on display at Westnorth Studio through Dec. 20.

The works, vastly different in tone, subject and style, allow viewers to see the various results that can be achieved by skilled artists working in a single medium.

And the placement and grouping of the works also give onlookers an opportunity to compare and contrast the artistic expressions of two disparate cultures.

Freedom Flag Story #1, a red, white and blue digital print by New York City native Faith Ringgold, is placed across the room from Shoko Yomogizawa's ethereal black and white colograph series, their proximate locations in the North Avenue gallery allowing visitors to compare the bold lines in Ringgold's politically minded work with the filamentous strokes that fill Yomogizawa's otherworldly pieces.

Though each of the more than 30 prints echoes an individual artistic voice, all of the works convey the artists' creative focus on drawing, a fundamental that transcends geographic and cultural boundaries, said Roy Crosse, owner and operator of the Westnorth Studio.

"[Drawing is] an essential communication tool," said Crosse, "[and] by looking at the work it is evident to me that the architecture of drawing is ... in the work," he said.

Crosse added that the exhibit, which was recently shown in both Tokyo and New York, is unique because it allows American art fans to explore the works and styles of contemporary international artists in an intimate setting - an occasion that is not frequently presented by small galleries like his.

His studio, he said, will strive to bring more talented international artists to Baltimore.

"In our small way, we like to create opportunities" for both the artists and patrons, he said.

"Westnorth Studio gives the Baltimore art community an opportunity to see what's going on outside of the country," he added.

Westnorth Studio is at 106 W. North Ave. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and by appointment on weekends. For more information, call 410-962-1475.

For more art events, see page 53.

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