"Last Picture Show"—FORCES & artifacts Works by Carol Bajen-Gahm & Pamela Blum

Root Cellar Meditation #4 (detail). Mixed media: ink, pigment stick, encaustic, 24” x 20”, 2016. Root Cellar Meditation #4 (detail). Mixed media: ink, pigment stick, encaustic, 24” x 20”, 2016.

The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present FORCES & artifacts, a two-person exhibit by Carol Bajen-Gahm and Pamela Blum. The exhibit title reflects common themes in Bajen-Gahm’s mixed-media paintings and Blum’s wall sculptures. This exhibit ends R&F’s gallery exhibits. The exhibitions space will be devoted to manufacturing new products.

Bajen-Gahm’s place and landscape narratives cause the observer to shift mental viewing distances within each image. Bajen-Gahm uses inks, digital transfers, seaweed, grass, tobacco netting, and encaustic to print and build her work. The resulting imagery—indeterminate places and spaces—transcends her materials. The artist’s dominant use of black and white conveys polarized times and conditions. These artifacts shift scale from biological processes to human habitation, huge earth forces and aerial views.

Rather than spaces and places, Blum’s small sculptures are massed objects. They suggest forces over time on anthropological bones and cultural relics. Like Bajen-Gahm, Blum uses dominantly black and white to communicate polarized times and conditions such as life and death, disease vs. health, uselessness rather than usefulness, human actions as comedy and tragedy. The encaustic paint, covering wire mesh, plaster gauze, and papier maché, embodies the tension between longevity and vulnerability inherent in wax and in all things organic and inorganic.

Carol Bajen-Gahm has shown her paintings internationally. She is represented by the Christina Parker Gallery in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is an R&F Handmade Paints at-large teacher. She has received many art residency fellowships. Bajen-Gahm and her husband reside outside St. John’s, Newfoundland and in Cambridge, MA. In addition to her visual art career, Bajen-Gahm holds a master’s degree in jazz composition and has performed as a professional pianist.

Pamela Blum is a retired art professor. In 1995 she received a grant to become the first R&F Handmade Paints workshop participant. Since her retirement, she has had the pleasure of curating the exhibitions in the Gallery at R&F. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and in France. Blum maintains her studio practice in Kingston, NY. She is married to Richard Frumess, founder of R&F Handmade Paints. 

The Gallery at R&F promotes contemporary uses of oil paint and encaustic. The Gallery is housed in R&F Handmade Paints, 84 Ten Broeck Avenue, in Mid-town, Kingston, NY 12401For further information call please call 845-331-3112 or contact Pamela Blum, Curator at the Gallery for R&F, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



  • Reception: Saturday, November 5th, 5-7pm
  • Start Date: Saturday, 05 November 2016
  • End Date: Sunday, 15 January 2017
  • Archive: 2016