Yehuda Blum: Brooklyn

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NY Sea #1 - Charcoal on Paper - 16'' x 20'' 

NY Sea #1 - Charcoal on Paper - 16'' x 20'' 

Portfolio: yehudablum.wordpress.com

Cause: GreenWave is an ocean farmer and fisherman-run organization dedicated to building a new blue-green economy that creates jobs, mitigates climate change and grows healthy food for local communities.

In New York City, myriad systems and structures intermix in a stark, densely layered matrix which can alternately inspire wonder and anxiety & transcendence and horror. Infrastructure frames and divides the environment at every turn while nature whittles and erodes the built world. These drawings of the sea from behind a gate at Coney Island speak to this mitigated and mystifying local experience of our planet. 

I abstracted the gate, ocean, sand, rocks, sky, and a distant cargo ship into hazy black and white textural entities and movements which stand only as vague suggestions of the original objects. These partial signs coalesce to form indeterminate monolithic planes where every element is equivocated into the groundwork. Architectural delineation and organic movements interlock and lie together across these even fields as imprints of the fraught yet compelling vantage point on Earth particular to where I live.

NY Sea #2 - Charcoal on Paper - 16'' x 20''

NY Sea #2 - Charcoal on Paper - 16'' x 20''

NY Sea #3 - Charcoal on Paper - 16'' x 20'' 

NY Sea #3 - Charcoal on Paper - 16'' x 20''