From Touch Supper Club:
Thursday February 28, Touch Supper Club will be hosting an art opening for two new installations. Polar Opposites by Meredith Hahn will be from 8-10 p.m., BASK and Tes-One 10-midnight.
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 along with the sun. He quickly began to notice similarities between the communistic iconic propaganda from his youth and the consumer advertising of his teens. BASK soon discovered that they were simply two sides of the same coin, each vying for our short-lived attention spans, all the while selling us (or telling us?) anything and everything from Marxism to McDonalds. Seeking conspiracies-and finding them embedded in the popular iconography of the mass media, BASK began painting bold, media critical broadsides to assuage his fear of being manipulated. A fear cultivated in a repressive regime, had now returned, but to the most unlikely and safest of places—the American living room. The artist’s richly textural work imbue his “anti-iconic,” sometimes satirical worldview with an undercurrent of dark emotion. His canvases are the city’s flotsam and jetsam of industrial and consumer decay. Combining his graphic skill with his trademark multi-layered applications, BASK builds up the surface only to break down the image. “My art is a type of deconstruction,” says BASK, “I try to focus on the imperfection of things, rather then their unachievable perfection.” BASK’s imagery has appeared in countless publications in both advertising and editorial capacities. His work has been shown in the Florida International Museum as well as the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art which also has his work in its permanent collection. BASK has also exhibited his work in solo shows in Baltimore, Detroit, Miami and Tampa among others.
Bask is a street artist who utilizes various mediums to bring forth socially and politically-aware messages. Bask draws from the iconic, subversive imagery of advertising and propaganda. Bask has been noted as being one of the top contemporary post-graffiti writers– having been categorized with the same cultural importance as D-Face, Buff Monster, Swoon, Faile, Above, Shepard Fairey, and Banksy.
From crayons to krylon, Leon “Tes One” Bedore has been creating art on walls for the majority of his life. Tes became a serious street artist in 1992, painting murals and graffiti art throughout the Tampa Bay, Florida area. In 1999, he began developing compelling graphic design and web pages for a number of clients.
Tes One combines his street-art roots with his digital design experience to create works that reflect his unique worldview. Tes is quickly gaining international recognition as a contemporary artist seamlessly bridging the gap between graphic design and fine art. He has developed his own signature by producing an urban street style with the deliberate and thoughtful technique of a fine draftsman. Tes works with themes such as the contrast between technology and nature, color versus contrast, and grime versus grace. The end result is a compelling mixture of emotion and composition, which reflects on the viewer like an intimate conversation. When experienced, it becomes obvious why such emotionally compelling work is moving from the street and onto the walls of museums and galleries.
Tes One has enjoyed acclaim in places such as London, Miami, Detroit, Cleveland and San Francisco, and his work has been featured in a number of international publications, while his work often finds home in private collections worldwide.
This is the pre-party to the opening of Ta-Daa at the Artchitecture Gallery Friday February 29 from 7-10. Visit the Artchitecture Gallery for more details.