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Photos by Michael Farley of Conflict Unknown: Drawings, Prints and Paintings by Lale Westvind at Open Space. Artists Reception was January 31st at the 512 W. Franklin Street space.

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In a hypnotic state achieved by fasting and extended periods of wakefulness, Lale Westvind channeled three parables from another plane where thought has a direct, immediate effect on physicality, dimensions shift rapidly depending on ones doubts and fears, and multiple possibilities may be visible in a single moment. These stories make up the experimental comic series Now & Here.

Conflict Unknown is a collection of graphite drawings, screen prints and paintings on panel depicting the characters, symbols and events from Trial One, the 3rd and final book in the series.

Wild energetic lines overlap in harmonic compositions to render figures and vehicles in radical moments of change. Through abstracted imagery and a poetic narrative that draws from the grammatical styles of origin stories and religious texts, the Now & Here series describes a personal philosophy and state of questioning on the essence of the universe, physical existence and consciousness.

This show debuted in November of 2014 at The Booklyn Art Gallery in Brooklyn New York, made possible in part by funding from New York State Council on the Arts and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Lale Westvind received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and now lives in Harlem, New York. As an alternative comics and animation artist her work has been published and exhibited nationally, in 2012 she won the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent.

Open Space
512 W Franklin St
Baltimore, MD 21201
openspacebaltimore.com

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