Timothy Blum

Contact Information:



Artist Statement:

Half self-taught engineer, half wry sociologist, Timothy Blum fuses a fascination with machinery and science with his amused observations of human folly to create conceptually clean and physically blunt meditations on the social world. Both material and conceptual alchemy are central to his work. Lead turns to money, carpet into tongue, tobacco into a camel in the hands of this alchemist playboy.

Blum has his BFA in Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He attended Skowhegan in 1993 and studied under Tony Cragg doing post graduate work at the Kunstakademie der Dusseldorf, Gremany. Timothy has been a recipient of the Jacob Javits Fellowship, the Virginia Groot Foundation Grant and, most recently, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. He has taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Exchanging San Francisco for New York City, Blum has had numerous gallery shows including Joan Washburn Gallery, ExitArt, HEREart, Storage Art Space, SOFA 2002 in Chicago, and a solo show at the Groot Foundation Space this past February. Fresh off his residency at Sculpture Space in Utica, Timothy is currently working on the creation of a glass workshop in his South Bronx studio and several new works, including his version of the famous Greek myth of King Midas called "Midas Machine". Timothy's upcoming gallery showings include Claypool-Young Gallery in Kentucky, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and PS 122 Gallery in New York City.

I like to reach back in time and mimic the creation of early inventions and technology in my studio. My shop is set up to imitate that of Thomas Edison's, as he is one of my heroes. I feel that recapturing that same astonishment, building and creating early technology and presenting it in a modern setting creates the perfect amalgamation between art and science. My sculptures alter the intrinsic value of definition of objects in such a way as to evoke new interpretations of conceptual alchemy, forcing the audience to reevaluate the familiar.
Timothy Blum

"Came to Mobile, Alabama" 2000
11'x10'x22' Lead, Brass Bed, Sheet, Cast Iron

"Midas Machine" 2003
6'x2'x4' Lead, Nickels, Pennies, Wood, Glass, Gold

"Dr. T.J. Eckelburg" 2002
9'x9'x3' Wood, Lead, Glass, 2 X-Ray Machines, Steel

"Eye of the Needle" 2001
9'x9'x6' Tobacco Leaves, Tar, Fiberglass, Humidifiers

"Almaden" 2001
variable (US coin size) Cast Frozen Mercury Coins

ApplicationPrevious Recipients | George Sugarman ArtworksAbout the Foundation