Ed Gillum, Juddstermann, 2013. Stainless steel, glass, and plywood, 48 in. long.

Ed Gillum

Fresno, California

1821 Gallery

Ed Gillum’s recent work combines various artifacts to create models of a post-Baudrillardian universe, in which the world of mass-produced simulacra and the authentically personal live together. Collected in the aptly titled “Chance Encounters,” these works began with the discovery and repurposing of stainless steel sheets. Cut by a computer-controlled water jet cutter, the new shapes evoke objects of the industrial age as well as electronic circuit plates. Gillum assembles worlds from these sheets and often puts those worlds under wraps. In Pommodoro, Juddstermann, and Mattamarth, forms recalling buildings, minimal sculpture, and semiconductors are presented under the cover of broad sheets of molded glass. In Matta­marth, a flat silhouette of a house stands vertically on a table, with a steel sheet lying flat in front. Small, house-like plaster objects are set within the sheet, and the entire sheet is draped in glass……see the entire review in the print version of November’s Sculpture magazine.