' Sydney Blum - Kim Foster Gallery
Sydney Blum
Both Sides of the Sky
May 09 - June 22, 2019

Press Release

Both Sides of the Sky

youtube video of opening

Icarus is the figure in Greek myth whose father fashioned wings of feathers and wax so that they could escape imprisonment on an island. Icarus, young and full of life, skateboarded through the sky, as it were. Yet in spite of his father’s warnings, he flew too near the sun, the wax on his wings melted, and he fell to his death. Icarus was fueled by hubris, seduced by desire and yearning, unaware of the dangers of going in only one direction.

Nature knows what Icarus did not, and corrects itself. There is that longing to soar, being tempted as much by the sky as the sea, the rhythms of each being so similar, one literally reflecting the other. Sydney Blum’s Icaurus-Colour-Space (ICS) series derive from all of this. They describe a fragment of space, time and color. Where the imperceptible transitions of color, contraction and expansion of space destabilize what we know and we are faced with what we don’t know. Each ICS sculpture is a fragment of a continuum-of-color and movement, somewhere “after before and before after”; a moment among moments in all directions.

Blum lives in relative isolation in Northern Nova Scotia in Canada along the Northumberland Strait. She moved there intentionally to be in a quiet remote place where she could internalize the rhythm of the tide. The artist is interested in dowsing subtle energies, how fluid moves, what happens when the current shifts. Her most recent work attempts to extend the notion of flow and color vibration by changing the sharply “contrasting” black grid to one that “complements” the underlying color, resulting in more of a color clash.

Complementary colors are colors that are directly opposite each other in the color spectrum and when placed next to each other create the strongest contrast. Blum’s new work experiments with grid tones that complement the color amplifying the optical vibration, thereby further driving the sense of movement within the form. The new combination—using color complements vs. contrast– produce a different frequency and stronger vibration between the gradient and the grid. As before, she initially explores this in two-dimensional studies and then develops the 3D ICS sculptures.

The challenge here has been to select grid colors that intensify the vibration throughout the ICS piece while still giving enough structural organization of the space to produce velocity and movement with care to not overwhelm it. The organization and color choices rely even more on intuition than her previous work with the black grid. In determining these choices she needs to feel and sense when the vibration is maximized.

 

Review of Blum at Studio 21 Halifax


Biography
Solo Exhibitions

2019 Kim Foster Gallery, “Both Sides of the Sky”

2019 Studio 21, “Icarus-Colour-Space” Halifax, Nova Scotia

2017 Saks Fifth Avenue window display, New York, NY

2016 Kim Foster Gallery, “Icarus-Colour-Space” New York, NY   

2016 Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Center, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia

2014 Kim Foster Gallery, “Fuzzy Geometry” New York, NY

2007 Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2005 Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2003 Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2001 Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY

2000 ADD Gallery, Hudson, NY

2000 Kleinert-James Arts Center, Woodstock, NY

1994 Bill Bace Gallery, New York

1990 Sculpture Center, New York

1985 Avenue B Gallery, New York

1985 A.I.R. Gallery, New York

1985 Just Above Midtown Downtown, New York

1980 Just Above Midtown Downtown, New York

Group Exhibitions

2019 SPECTRA, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids MI

2018 Human/Nature, Wayne State University, Elaine Jacob Gallery, Detroit

2017 Studio 21 booth – SOFA 2017, FORM Miami, Art Toronto 2017

2015 “Color Value” Kim Foster Gallery New York, NY

2014 “Particle Physical” Kim Foster Gallery New York, NY

2011  CORDA, Truro, Nova Scotia

“Fables,”  Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia

2004 Collectors Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

2000 ‘Millennium Messages,’ Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (national tour in collaboration with Petah Coyne)

2000 Rudolph Poissant Gallery, Houston, TX

1999  PS122, New York

1998  ‘Absolute Secret,’ McKee Gallery, New York

1997   ‘Parsons Leave Five,’ PSDX, New York

‘Material Girls,’ Gallery 128, New York

‘25 Years of A.I.R.,’ Kingsborough Community College Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1989   ‘Personal Icons,’ City Gallery, New York

‘The Cutting Edge,’ Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hemstead, NY

1988   ‘Kindred Spirits,’ Trabia MacAffee Gallery, New York

‘Drawing: New Faculty,’ Parsons School of Fine Arts, New York

‘Figures: Form and Fiction,’ Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY

‘Relic and Residuum,’ Jayne Baum Gallery, New York

‘Kindred Spirits,’ George Cissel Gallery, Baltimore, MD

1987   ‘New Sculpture,’ East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art, East Hampton, NY

‘Personal Poetics,’ Sala 1, Rome, Italy

‘Blum/Coyne/Fishman,’ Slade Ely Gallery, New Haven, CT

1986   ‘Body and Dreams,’ White Columns, New York

‘Blum/Coyne/Fishman,’ P.S.122, New York

‘The Figure Abstract: Intimated Presence,’ Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

‘Transformations,’ Richard Greene Gallery, New York

‘Painting in the Third Dimension,’ City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

‘The New Museum Benefit Invitational,’ New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York

‘The All Natural Disaster Show,’ P.S. 39, Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx, NY

1985   ‘The Figure As An Image of the Psyche,’ The Sculpture Center, New York

‘Group Show,’ Minor Injuries gallery, Brooklyn, NY

‘Group Show,’ A & P Gallery, New York

‘Group Show,’ Avenue B Gallery, New York

‘Little Works by Big Thinkers,’ Bess Cutler Gallery, New York

‘The New Museum Benefit Invitational,’ New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York

‘Illuminations,’ Dramatis Personae, New York

‘2 ½ D,’ Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY

‘I love You Nancy Show,’ A & P Gallery, New York

‘Dedication Exhibition,’ Albert & Vera List Center, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA

‘Figures,’ P.S.1, Long Island City, NY

1984   ‘Drawing Show,’ Sculpture Center, New York

‘Christmas Invitational,’ A.I.R. Gallery, New York

‘Chelsea Art,’ Kamakazee, New York

‘Extravaganza,’ Dramatis Personae, New York

‘Rebirth,’ Moonmade Space, New York

1983   ‘Christmas Invitational,’ A.I.R. Gallery, New York

‘The New Museum Benefit Invitational,’ New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York

‘Lifesigns,’ 55 Mercer Street Gallery, New York

‘Saints,’ Harm Boukart Gallery, New York

‘Art Biz,’ Just Above Midtown Downtown, New York

‘Constructions,’ John W. M. Neely Gallery, New York

‘Personifications,’ Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

‘Consumer Beware,’ Women’s Inter-Art Center, New York

1982   ‘The Beauty Show,’ ABC NO RIO, New York

‘Angry Art,’ Basement Workshop, New York

‘What I Do for Art,’ Just Above Midtown Downtown, New York

1981    ‘Art Quest,’ New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

‘The Coney Island Show,’ Coney Island Amusement Park, New York

‘Chelsea Artists,’ Tenth Avenue Bar, New York

‘Talent,’ Allan Stone Gallery, New York

‘Window Installation,’ Franklin Furnace, New York

‘Anniversary Benefit Invitational,’ Franklin Furnace, New York

Selected Bibliography

The Light, Fashioning Art: Sydney Blum, February 2017

CTV Atlantic News,NS Sculptor has work featured in famous NYC Department Store, February 2017

Truro Daily, Tatamagouche Artist’s Work Adorns New York Windows, February 2017

Artefuse, Sydney Blum: Fuzzy Geometry, review by Danial Gauss, June 2014

ARTnews, “Sydney Blum”, review by Sandra Ban, November 2007

New York Times ‘Sydney Blum at Kim Foster,’ review by Roberta Smith, April 8, 2005

Village Voice, ‘Sydney Blum at Kim Foster,’ review by Kim Levin, April 17, 2003

Artnet Magazine, ‘Weekend Update,’ by Walter Robinson, April 2003

Art in America, ‘Sydney Blum at Kim Foster,’ review by Janet Koplos, November 2001

New York Times, ‘Sydney Blum & Scott Sherk,’ review by Ken Johnson, May, 2001

Woodstock Times, ‘Gravity and other forces,’ review by Kathi Norklun, August, 2000

Woodstock Times, ‘loss, resolution, creation,’ review by Craig Ryan, July, 2000

Artforum, ‘Sculptor’s Drawings,’ review by Patricia C. Phillips, January, 1995

Art In America,‘Sydney Blum,’ review by R., Taplan, Fall 1994

Artforum, ‘Sydney Blum/ Mark Schwartz,’ review by Patricia C. Phillips, November 1994

Sculpture Magazine, ‘Sydney Blum,’ review by G. Melrod, August 1994

Sculpture Magazine, ‘Dirt-based Sculpture,’ review by Susan Boeteker, November 1992

Vie Des Arts, ‘Art Actuel Et Ecologie,’ review by Claire Gravel, October 1991

Contemporanea, ‘The Anxiety of Influence,’ review by Elizabeth Hoyt-Atkins, September 1990

New York Times, ‘Sydney Blum,’ review by Michael Brensen, June 1990

Village Voice, ‘Sydney Blum Nest-Bag Series,’ review by Raven Arlene, May 1990

Catalogue for exhibition at Sculpture Center, essay by Dominique Nahas, 1990

Long Island Newsday, ‘Future of Art,’ review by Karin Lipson, May 1989

The Syracuse Herald American,‘Figures: Form & Fiction,’ review by Sherry Chayat, October 1988

Catalogue for exhibition at Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY,‘Figures: Form & Fiction,’ essay by Dominique Nahas with C. Gould, and T. Finkelpearl, 1988

Television Interview,‘Figures: Form & Fiction,’ September 1988

The Baltimore Sun,‘Kindred Spirits,’ review by John Dorsey, January 1988

The Baltimore Jewish Times,‘Kindred Spirits,’ review by Kim Muler-Thym, January 1988

Long Island Cable Television Documentary,‘New Sculpture,’ June 1987

Easthampton Star,‘From the Studio,’ review by Rose C.S. Slivka, June 1987

The New York Times,‘Beyond Visual: Alternative to Sculpture,’ review by Phyllis Braff, June, 1987

Southhampton Press,‘New Sculpture,’ review by Robert Long, June 1987

Catalogue for exhibition at Sala 1, Rome, Italy, ‘Personal Poetics,’ 1987

Catalogue for exhibition at East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art,‘New Sculpture,’ 1987

The New Haven Register,‘Blum/Coyne/Fishman,’ review by Shirley Conzalez, May, 1987

Arts Magazine,‘Blum/Coyne/Fishman,’ review by Barry Schwabsky, November 1987

Catalogue for exhibition at the Robeson Gallery, Rutgers Univ., Newark, NJ,‘The Figure Abstract,’ 1986

The Newark Star Ledger,‘The Figure Abstract,’ review by Aileen Watkin, October 1986

The New York Times,‘The Figure Abstract,’ review by Vivian Raynor, October 1986

The New York Times,‘Blum/Coyne/Fishman,’ review by William Zimmer, September 1986

The East Village Review,‘Blum/Coyne/Fishman,’ review by Catsue Robert, September 1986

The New York Times,‘Transformations,’ review by Michael Brensen, June 1986

The Newark Star Ledger,‘Painting in the Third Dimension,’ review by Aileen Watkins, April 1986

The New York Times,‘The All Natural Disaster Show,’ review by William Zimmer, January 1986

The New York Times,‘Figure As An Image of the Psyche,’ review by Michael Brensen, November 1985

Catalogue for exhibition at the Sculpture Center, ‘The Figure As An Image of the Psyche,’ 1985

The New Art Examiner,‘Sydney Blum,’ review by Judd Tully, October 1985

Newsday,‘2 ½ D,’ review by Malcom Preston, May 1985

The New York Times,‘Dedication Exhibition: List Center,’ review by John Russell, April 1985

The New York Times,‘2 ½ D,’ review by Helen Harrison, April 1985

The Christian Science Monitor, ‘Illuminations,’ review by Ted Wolfe, April 1985

The New York Times,‘Figures,’ review by Michael Brenson, February 1985

Daily News, ‘Sydney Blum,’ review by Joan Shepard, January 1985

Art in America, ‘Sydney Blum,’ review by Gerrit Henry, March 1985

Arts Magazine,‘Lifesigns,’ review by Kathryn Kramer, February 1984

Catalogue for exhibition, ‘Sydney Blum/Joanne Freeman,’ essay by Ted Castle, January 1984

Black Currant Art Quarterly Vol. 1 No.2, September 1982

New York Magazine, ‘What I Do For Art,’ review by Kay Larson, June 1982

Catalogue for exhibition at New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York, ‘Artists Invite Artists,’ 1981

Awards / Grants

2015 ARTS Nova Scotia Creation Grant

2013 ARTS Nova Scotia Presentation Grant

2012 ARTS Nova Scotia Creation Grant

1989 Artist Space Grant

1988 The New York Foundation For the Arts Grant in Sculpture

1987 Artist Space Grant

1984 Creative Artists Public Service Program / Visual Artists Referral Service

1983 Artist Space Grant

1980Creative Artists Public Service Program / Visual Artists Referral Service

Education

MFA University of Wisconsin at Madison

Public Collections

Richard Berger, Empire Realty Group, New York

Harper College, Chicago, IL

Vera List, New York

New Museum for Contemporary Art

New Jersey State Museum at Trenton