July 1, 2024 / Center for Architecture and Design

Form + Function: AIA Baltimore exhibits the work of David Knopp

Form + Function

The Center for Architecture and Design is pleased to announce an exhibit of works by David Knopp, opening Wednesday, July 10, 2024.

“My designs evolve as sculptural forms first, with functionality not dictating the result. My design approach is an intuitive balance between aesthetic forms and functional qualities. Freedom from convention allows the work transform from a vision. Producing the work comes as natural and free flowing as they appear. I encounter the unexpected in the process.”

During the mid-seventies David Knopp started working with plywood as his medium. It was an accessible and inexpensive material to use in the self-trained process of stack lamination. It became an expendable resource to experiment with in creating forms. As his work progressed, he discovered the linear strata inherent in the medium. Expressing movement with the “strata” became his aim. Knopp creates flowing liquid lines that engage the senses as the eye travels over the contours.

A lifetime Baltimore resident, Knopp attended Essex Community College and Towson University. While studying life drawing, his focus was on the aesthetic qualities in the use of line. He carried this to another dimension and found a connection between drawing and sculpture. His process evolves with a daily routine of envisioning, refining, designing. It takes months to complete a work.

In 2012 Knopp received the Mary Sawyer Baker Artist Award, which included an exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art. He was a recipient of Maryland State Art Councilʼs Individual Artist Award in 2012. In 2013 he was a semi-finalist for the Sondheim Prize. Since then, he has been invited to exhibit work throughout Baltimore, DC and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. Knopp was accepted in juried exhibitions, including Craftforms 2011 through 2016, Living with Craft Invitational 2014, SOFA Chicago 2014 and 2016, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art 2013, 2014, and The Center for Art in Wood in 2016. One of his sculpted chairs is in the permanent collection of the American Visionary Art Museum