There’s been a misunderstanding. A scene viewed peripherally or as a background is something other than itself; an “autocorrect,” that’s potentially more desirable, poetic, preposterous or menacing. – Eric Blum
K. Imperial Fine Art is pleased to present its second solo exhibition of the work of Eric Blum. This show will feature Eric’s new works on paper. Employing photographic paper as a unique substrate for the ink to absorb into and skate across, it also harkens to visual glimpses. He’s bypassing conscious decisions by blindly selecting the initial guidelines from a carousel of random sources. These works on paper act as a departure point for his silk paintings which contain implied shapes couched in an abstract world. He puts the designated forms through a process of rotating, flipping, covering, uncovering, overlapping, excising and splicing… ultimately reordering its original elements into a kind of visual anagram. Blum’s work looks for awkward harmonies and unexpected juxtapositions, while simultaneously sidestepping the perils of uninvited associations.
Blum was born in Fresno, California and educated at UCLA and at St Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. His work has been shown broadly at galleries and institutions across the nation including, Knoxville Art Museum, the TransAmerica Pyramid Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art – Boulder, Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University, Contemporary Art Center – Cincinnati, Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey and the Albright Knox in Buffalo, New York. A select list of his solo exhibition venues include David Weinberg in Chicago, William Turner Gallery in Los Angeles, and Rule Gallery in Denver. Blum received the New York Foundation for the Arts award in 2008 and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in 2001 and in 1998.
Eric Blum: Paintings and Works on Paper will be on view December 7, 2016 – January 28, 2017 with a reception for the artist Thursday, December 8th 5:30 – 7:30pm.