But artworks like Gumby's Horizon Convergence (2021), a large, double-paneled composition laden with black glass, are a testament to just how surreptitiously subversive abstraction can be. For the work, Gumby created a pigment and painted the side of one glass panel. Once dried, he broke the glass into miniscule pieces, opening up a broader range of black tones through luminosity. Black tourmaline, crushed coral reef, and quartz, all of which have various spiritual and energetic representations, are also embedded into the work.
In this seminal piece, Gumby makes black glimmer. It is brilliant—literally. He creates a cosmic composition meant to draw viewers in close, challenging all of the times black and Blackness has been used as a barrier. The viewer, unbeknownst to even themselves, becomes entranced with the work; through abstraction Gumby makes black irresistible.