ERIC BLUM

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.

Artist Statement
Seeing without looking expands the possibilities of interpretation.  A thing viewed peripherally or in the background can be felt as something other than itself; something potentially more desirable, poetic or preposterous.  It mixes up parts that don’t always go together.  It courts the edges of recognition.  Its unpredictability suits my innate passivity.

As in an anagram, one makes use of the limitations of its elements.  My approach is to limit choice by initially dictating the guidelines, but then permitting the forms to settle into something foreign; no longer resembling my own preconceived ideas.