ERIC BLUM’s work is psychological in nature. His paintings channel the sensation of seeing something from the corner of the eye that proves elusive, which Blum refers to as “the irretrievable glimpse,” leading to uncertain and oddly poetic associations. The ambiguity of what is real, what is imagined and what is desired is the space he seeks in his work.
Blum’s paintings contain implied shapes couched in an abstract world. His methodology contributes to the sense of incertitude; He marries disparate images in transparent layers of ink & wax infused silk and prefers to work in a state of willful blindness. In a sense, these works were made in the dark and are meant to be felt, not looked at, even though their tactile exterior may contradict this cause by soliciting closer inspection. With Blum, everything turns out to be something else.
Eric Blum, born and raised in California and currently living in New York, is a recipient of grants from The Pollack-Krasner Foundation and New York Foundation for the Arts. He has exhibited widely throughout the United States. His work has been included in: The Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH; Kresge Art Museum, MI; Knoxville Art Museum, TN; Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ; Albright-Knox Gallery, NY.