To honor Friday the 13th – I’d like to pay homage to a spectacular Tim Burtonesque gallery: Last Rites Gallery. Featuring one of my favorite creators, William Basso, while extending Eric Lacombe’s “Anomalies” presentation, I am supremely smitten by Last Rites’ accordance to the Gothic Romance. Best epitomized by Nathanial Hawthorne’s Bosom Serpent and Scarlet Letter, Basso’s “Conglomerate” series consists of new paintings, theatrical characters and mysterious entities. Like the Fractal, the ‘conglomerate’ denotes distinct elements that comprise a larger, unique latticework.
Fractyllized in that he sculpts, paints, and designs macabre costumes for movie sets (some past ones include Edward Scissorhands, Terminator 2, and Jurassic Park), Basso’s enigmatic images are emotionally varied and complex. Employing mixed media formats to articulate his subconsciously fantastical visions—viewers are moved to laugh, cry, dig deeper and introspect. Technology and hands generate medium to large-scale artifacts, as Basso assembles printouts of smaller layers and fragments. Ornamented and bestowed with abstract secrecy, Basso’s intriguing humanoids comically creep and tantalize.
See prior article on William Basso at AFAGallery:
On view: 325 W 38th Street #1, New York, NY 10018 from October 6th – 21st, 2017.