Ed Gillum “Chance Encounters”, September 2013

“Chance Encounters” RE-IF-EYE-ING-ABSTRACTION is the title of Ed Gillumʼs sculpture presentation at 1821 Gallery. Edʼs challenge to us is to ponder the question “what if, reflecting on those blissful moments of brilliant intuitive adventure.

All the pieces for this show were created in 2013, and are made of stainless steel and glass. Some of the pieces also have incorporated photo transparency elements. The stainless steel used in this body if work is almost exclusively remnants from the industrial process of computerized water-jet precision cutting for food processing machinery. The glass in the work is almost entirely from discarded material.

Ed has been making art for over 30 years and is entering his twentieth year of teaching at California State University Fresno. His mastery of metal casting is evidenced by his own work and that of students over the last thirty years. As well as casting many commemorative sculptures for the Fresno State campus, Ed was involve in the restoration process of the Varaz Samuelian monument to William Saroyan.

Several of Edʼs pieces, of various scale, are in public collections including Scottsdale Art Center, Yellowstone Art Museum and First Interstate Bank of Billings Montana. Many others are in private collections.

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