New works by BASK & TES ONE
From a small crew of writers formed in the 90s grew the unique, signature artistic styles of these two artists, Bask and Tes One. The first Pound and a Bear Hug exhibition opened to a wide reception at Tampa’s Covivant Gallery in 2005 and would become the first of many collaborations propelling their work around the world, inside galleries and outside of convention.
Ten years later Pound and a Bear Hug returns to Tampa, with a carefully intersecting body of work that is both autobiographical in meaning and collective in purpose. Please join the artists at the opening reception on Friday, April 24th at CASS Contemporary.
Bask is the moniker of one Ales “Bask” Hostomsky who, along with his parents, emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Florida and began to soak up America’s popular iconic imagery, as well as the sun. The artist’s texturally-rich work imbue his “anti-iconic” and sometimes satirical worldview with an undercurrent of dark emotion. Combining graphic skill with his trademark, multi-layered applications, Bask builds up the surface only to break down the image.
Combining traditional and nontraditional techniques, Leon “Tes One” Bedore creates works of art that contrast nature with technology, grime with grace. Allowing himself to find beauty in the mundane, he is able to juxtapose rejected landscapes with figurative illustrations, all the while identifying what is common between the conversing elements. These opposing forces coexist to create paintings that are both symbolic and metaphorical. Tes One’s conceptual paintings are assembled from the foundation up, color and cast blanket organic substrates. Incorporating movement within his work brings his energy and message to the viewer, emotions envelope and hold focus.
Photos and words provided by Bask, Tes One and Cass Contemporary