Three Baltimore Artists Reinvent the Landscape in ‘moreLANDS’ Gallery Show

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“Antarctic Arch,” oil on canvas by Ryan Syrell

‘moreLANDS’ — a gallery show curated by Brent Holland Baker and featuring work by Baker, Ryan Syrell, and Beth Hoeckel — goes up in the Penthouse Gallery at the Copycat Building this weekend.

The show features three artists’ widely varying approach to the representation and construction of landscapes. Baker’s abstract, mixed-media works with lots of horizontal stress register as landscapes only subconsciously. Hoeckel often collages figures into her works that define the viewers sense of depth and size. Syrell’s earnest fascination with Carl Barks (the oft-uncredited artist behind Donald Duck comics) and aggressively playful take on reference, space, and reproduction have moved him to create stunning paintings and works on paper that one sometimes barely knows how to look at.

Study for “Antarctic Arch,” after a panel in a Donald Duck comic by Carl Barks.

moreLANDS is open this Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Penthouse Gallery in the Copycat Building, 1511 Guilford Ave.

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