Chicago

Andrea Blum And Barry Holden

N. A. M. E. Gallery

In Robert Morris’ recent terminology, Andrea Blum uses space as “diagrammatic” and “surface-bound.” Blum says about some of her early installations-for-a-day, “I freely drew with bricks and cement.” But now she carefully plots and subdivides layouts, generating repetitive, internal rhythms. Her glass sheets, light bulbs, slate squares, and dirt layers all have a place, a rationale for being there; darkness, opacity, solidity, luminescence, transparency, and smudginess all interact within an overall system.

In contrast, using Morris’ terminology again, Barry Holden deals with three-dimensional, “undiscernible space.” His structures basically express something else: woodslat enclosure and neon “filling” are an obvious metaphor for gallery walls and spatial atmosphere. Light reflections through his containers equivocate solid architectural relationships of nearby walls, floors, and ceilings.

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