Andrea Blum

Andrea Blum cv 2010 

Greenhouse(2005)

Interior world 7 (2010)

Rainbow House (2010)

Landscape in the Palace (2008)

Nature Preserve (2010)

Birdhouse Cafe (2008)Andrea Blum cv 2010

ANDREA BLUM
Artist's website

See show: Nomadic House, 2005

In the late 1970s Andrea Blum made a name for herself in the Chicago art scene with architectural tableaux built from concrete and dirt and bathed in light. Steeped in the Minimalism of the time, she invited her audience to see common- place building materials as pure artistic forms. By 1985, with her installation Benches and Walkways, at East Carolina University, the sculptor was beckoning onlookers to walk inside her pieces. “I had started to consider how people could live with—even in—sculpture,” she says. Two decades later Blum is designing domestic interiors and public spaces as well as making furniture. Her philosophy remains the same: every object, from lounge chair to apartment, should be seen a piece of inhabitable sculpture conceived so that we’re forced to question not only the design but our own behavior inside them. “Through sculpture I hope to change people’s intimate domestic life,” she says. Blum’s visions of a designed life are worthy of the best dreamers. “Her sculptures are free objects created without the constraints of a client, so she is able to deal solely with the essence of a design,” Paris-based architect Odile Decq says. Unfortunately Blum’s work has yet to be embraced by the mainstream design world. Artists who offer stylized versions of conventional objects—furniture, for example—have been better received than sculptors whose work probes the very way we use such objects. Extract from Trading Spaces article by David Hay