Eric Blum mines the indeterminate area on the periphery of what is actually seen. The mostly monochromatic paintings employ his signature ingredients of ink, silk and beeswax. Transparent, collage-like layers are developed within the guidelines of an initial, meaningless drawing. He drags his designated imagery through a process of opposing inclinations: rotating, flipping, covering, uncovering, overlapping, tearing, excising and splicing. Layers beneath are unearthed and unexpected juxtapositions appear. In some cases much of the entire painting is cut away, leaving the remaining fragments consigned to the edges of the frame and wrapping around the side of the panel. Finely, his original set of elements has been rearranged into a kind of visual anagram…or “misunderstanding,” as he calls it…no longer resembling its own preconception.