Zander Blom Plunders Art History in his Fragmented Abstract Paintings
Installation view of “Zander Blom: New Works,” Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf. Courtesy Galerie Hans Mayer and the artist.
“The history of art is in a way a sort of dictionary that can assist one in writing new stories in the present,” says Blom. “The way I see it is that history is only useful if we can plunder it. The social and political aspects of the artists and movements that I reference cannot be nullified, (in fact they add value and depth to my own work) but I am also free to use the parts that interest me and discard the rest.”
Building off of his previous work, which used colorful fragmented compositions, Blom’s new paintings feature similarly patterned grisaille abstractions. Blom creates his artworks by applying oil paint directly to the canvas and allowing it to seep into the fibers, staining and degrading them. He often builds patterned fragments that coalesce into a fractured image of gyrating sections, similar to paintings by
Those latter paintings also break up the painting plane into small trenches on the bare canvas plane. Similar to abstract paintings by
Blom’s work borrows from the history of painting, from the broken image of
“Zander Blom: New Works” is on view at Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Apr. 10 – May 30, 2015.
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