Gary Edward Blum "The Long Year"
July 1 — August 28, 2010

Intrigued by dualities and the phenomena of coexistence, Blum introduces aspects of realism into certain sections – typically the upper register – of his compositions as a means of creating stylistic opposition.  His use of trompe l’loeil to realistically render swatches of paper held up by strips of cellophane tape challenges the distinction between art and life and sheds light on the way in which representation is translated from experience.  Like miniature paintings, these tangible bits of paper mimic the abstract renderings often found in the bottom half of the composition.  By employing divergent styles to create a picture within a picture, the viewer comes away from Blum’s work with the understanding that oppositions can exist harmoniously in the same space.