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Erik Bluhm
updated: 08/28/2008
website: greatgodpan
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Untitled (feather)
Untitled (Feather)
Black Crystal
Untitled (Tree)
Untitled (Hunter)
Untitled (Forest Dawn)
Naturmensch
Untitled (Energy Plant)
Untitled (Landscape)
Leaves that left in the Winter return again in the Spring
Untitled
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  collage, geometric, identity, historical, meditative, spiritual, organic, futuristic
 
 
Untitled (feather) by Erik Bluhm
Untitled (feather)
paper collage on paper
2007
60" x  47" 
Untitled (Feather) by Erik Bluhm
Untitled (Feather)
paper collage on paper
2007
60" x  47" 
Black Crystal by Erik Bluhm
Black Crystal
paper collage on paper
2005
30" x  22" 
Untitled (Tree) by Erik Bluhm
Untitled (Tree)
paper collage on paper
2005
30" x  22" 
Untitled (Hunter) by Erik Bluhm
Untitled (Hunter)
paper collage on paper
2006
30" x  44" 
Untitled (Forest Dawn) by Erik Bluhm
Untitled (Forest Dawn)
paper collage on paper
2006
30" x  44" 
Naturmensch by Erik Bluhm
Naturmensch
paper collage on paper
2006
30" x  22" 
Untitled (Energy Plant) by Erik Bluhm
Untitled (Energy Plant)
paper collage on paper
2007
30" x  22" 
Untitled (Landscape) by Erik Bluhm
Untitled (Landscape)
paper collage on paper
2005
30" x  22" 
Leaves that left in the Winter return again in the Spring by Erik Bluhm
Leaves that left in the Winter return again in the Spring
paper collage on paper
2006
30" x  22" 
Untitled  by Erik Bluhm
Untitled
paper collage on paper
2007
30" x  22" 

Artist Statement

Symbols, by definition, are designed to “represent” something—be it nature or an idea (or ideal)—in a stylized form recognizable by all. “Symbols,” described Carl André in connection to Frank Stella’s emblematic stripe paintings, “Are counters passed among people.” My paper on paper works of the last few years, are meant to operate both as representative prospects of an environment (in the indistinct manner of say, Ellsworth Kelly’s observations), as well as of ideas, be they mysterious or wide open. The large-scale shape posters and “banners” hold iconic images and shapes that are forms identifiable as significant, yet only inherently. They withhold too much to qualify as concretely vital, yet in their shapes and designs are embedded the often thorny markers of being, sometimes cryptically representative, sometimes transparent and spiritual.

The notion that these forms have a presence larger than their existence stems from two origins. The iconic presence of shape art—the detail to the contours—suggests sculptural aspirations, anticipating capturing “the emotion we sustain before sculpture.” In addition, these contours, both their crisp exterior outlines and their inner piecemeal construction, exist not only in their own space upon the paper, but also within the paper, in the history and variances of its inks and printing, its age and texture.

 

Artist Bio / CV

Erik Bluhm

Los Angeles, California

 

Exhibitions 

2008

•Cooperate with the Energy and Anything That Happens. David Patton Los Angeles.

•Free Love Gods: Works on Paper from the Far West and Wild East. Michael Rosenthal Contemporary, Redwood City, Calif.

2007

•Awakening of My Secret Brother. Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo.

•Off-Screen (“Garden Grove Creative Community” as part of the New Energy Encounter Group). Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

•Rainbow Goblins. Advocate Gallery, Los Angeles.

•What Glue Do You Use? Atelier Cardenas Bellanger Gallery, Paris.

2006

•Circular performance demonstration with French percussionists and actors (as part of the New Energy Encounter Group). The Purple Night at the California Biennial. Orange County Museum of Art, California.

•Timed duration of organ, flute, and slow movement (as the      New Energy Dark Consort of Musicke). Humans Were Here: Sundown Salon #30, Los Angeles.

•Everywhen. Lobot Gallery. Oakland, California.

•Welcome Wizards (video screening). New Yipes. Oakland, California.

2005

•Los Angeles Juried Exhibition. Barnsdall Art Park, Los            Angeles.

•New Energy Workshop (as part of the New Energy Movement). Arthurfest, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles.

•Electric Meditations on the Four Seasons (for Francois Perrin’s Weather Garden as part of the New Energy Encounter Group). Materials and Applications, Los Angeles.

•The Technical Vocabulary of an Interior Designer (as an actor with Los Super Elegantes). Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles.

2004

•American Stars N’ Bars. Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, California.

•Nature. Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles.

2003

•From The Collection. North Spring St. Gallery, Los Angeles.

•A Bazaar of Dangerous And Smiling Chances. Urban Egyptian Gallery, Los Angeles.

•The Future That Never Happened. Ghettogloss Gallery, Los Angeles.

•"No" video piece with Sharon Ben-Joseph. Aclip, Berlin/London.