Edward Gillum

Derailed in the late sixties from prescribed aspirations toward architecture, art offered both a more personal and humanistic map toward finding myself.  Being able to draw, painting and printmaking teased with tantalizing processes.  But it would be the love of transformation and interpretation that reside in the techniques of both photography and sculpture that would captivate me.  As fun became inquiry and enhanced skill levels paved the way to research and exploration, the greater sense of art in general took over.  Knowledge compiled as a student was augmented by apprenticeships that fostered insight into just what it takes to be an artist: the necessary work ethic, proper respect for tireless endeavor and a profound responsibility to share knowledge and skills through teaching.


Alchemy, metaphysics, industrial technology and the human need for originality and innovation all contributed to an almost maniacal attraction to casting metal.  The historical significance of bronze, the possibility of fingerprint detail, and the romance of fire all combine to perpetuate the seduction of this medium.  Philosophy and theory weave their way in and out of the minds of everyone who studies art.  New ideas will constantly challenge and expand the possibilities of what art can become.  Armed with years of developed craft and respect for process, I, for one, welcome change and embrace with joy the excitement of being aboard this quickly moving transport toward the future, wanting desperately to be a vital part of the art being made in the twenty-first century.


What matters?  Unlimited joy at the moment a superbly well-crafted work is complete.  The magic moment that metal is ready to pour.  Pouring the metal.  Casting glass.  Blowing glass.  Learning about new materials, techniques and technologies.  Sharing art and knowledge with others.  As time has gone by, it is the aspect of communication that rings clearly.  Knowing the work is being received.  My recent and current work takes the form of installation to rekindle my architect’s soul and to bring the viewer in as part of the idea.  My ultimate goal:  to bridge the gap between humanity and myself.  To matter.