|Installation view of "In/visibilidad" exhibition|
|Detail, with classified ads barely visible under the toner|
Classified ads are published to meet the needs of those who wish to buy, sell, trade or hire. "Want ads" they are called, and indeed the classified section manages to address just about every human desire: transportation, clothing, shelter, furniture, food, tools, collectibles, pets, education, employment, even personal relationships are offered. The ads form an enticing grid of possibilities for gratification.
|"Mi linea como trampa" 200 x 480 cm|
I am a fan of haiku, and enjoy the sense of surprise and simple insights that these succinct verses offer. I read the following haiku in The Heron's Nest magazine and said "Aha!" as the Bassi series came to mind.
the things we thought we needed
darken the garage
- Chad Lee Robinson
|"Ice Cream Memory" 100 x 130 cm|
Bassi's paintings, like the dark, overloaded garage, represent weighty accumulations rather than voids. All the things listed in the ads are stored under layered shadows that effectively cancel any initial attraction. Both visual artist and haiku poet are making statements that mock materialism and the human weakness for possessions.
Instead of being encumbered with a lot of things, wouldn't it be nice to be airborne, like the migrating birds? And wouldn't it be nice to just go ahead and dance, when you have the urge?
"In/visibilidad" by Javier Bassi continues at the MNAV until July 10, 2011. The exhibition catalogue, with images, artist's biography and curatorial essays, is available online.