Show runs October 1-30, 2010
Opening: First Friday, October 1, 5-10 p.m.
Artist Reception: Third Friday, October 15, 5-9 p.m.
â€œThis show is a combination of two bodies of work in which I explore my love of color: the photo squares I have been working on for many years, and my recent candy creations. The candy pieces are a mixture of childhood memories, melted into a new vision. I started with Twister and progressed to my childhood love of 80â€²s video games, such as Pac Man and Space Invaders. Looking back, they all seem so simple and perhaps thatâ€™s where the attraction lies. The pixelation and ragged edges are part of the charm, and speak to my love of graphics and digital photography â€” every pixel has meaning. These works simultaneously appeal to my perfectionist side while trying my patience â€” the act of melting individual pieces of candy, one by one, and placing them onto a piece can become quite hypnotic. And since nothing ever quite melts exactly as youâ€™d like it to, Iâ€™ve learned to embrace the imperfections, drips and burned lollipop sticks as an integral part of my final creation.
The photo squares are more like little mental postcards â€” bits of imagery that have captivated me and found their way into one of my thousands of photographs. In fact, sometimes as Iâ€™m scanning through old photographs, Iâ€™ll notice something that I didnâ€™t when I initially took the picture â€” an odd road sign in the background, for instance. Through the transfer process Iâ€™ve created, some of the details of the photograph are removed so that what is left is more like a ghost or crackled memory of it â€” not quite perfect, but still available for viewing.â€
~ Kym Bloom