Exploring the world opened up by a work of art
This week’s showcase:
Mixed Media Diorama Framed in Box – 13.5″ x 13.5″ x 4.25″
Art is work. It doesn’t just somehow happen to us. It provides new material, new places, new paradigms with which to think — And the rest is up to us.
Chris Blum’s dioramas tease us with a furtive wink and a “gotcha” nod, so as to make us think, and more specifically, to think differently.
Freedom of thought is most often characterized by thinking “outside the box” — but for Chris Blum it’s inside the box of his dioramas of finely crafted figures and objects, where all the action is.
“Fake News” posits a teller of lies holding a news screen with a red diode in the middle and five attentive receptors (atop pedestals) with the same red diode implanted in the back of their heads, suggesting an almost hypnotic trance-like fixation of mind where they are powerless to turn away.
Nothing subtle here. No lack of artistic voice. No nuanced interpretation. Blum has a point to make and he makes it: While the truth may set you free — telling a lie in today’s culture is more compelling . . . and captive-making.
Isolation takes on many forms, but loss of reason and discernment can be the most crippling. Blum is known for saying difficult things, yet from a simple, completely other, quirky, on its head, often-times light-hearted vantage point . . . which in turn takes us off guard . . . and if only for a moment, brings us Out of the Isolation of our own “Fake News”.
Now that’s great art!