For the latest RUN from BASK we are proud to showcase his latest hand-stenciled print and sticker pack for “Because Art Should Kill.” Read on for our recent BASK interviews and see past mural flicks with BASK’s above mural on the side of the 1xRUN offices.
1xRUN: It seems like you take some significant risks in applying your medium. Can you talk about that part of your style and just in general taking risks as an artist?
BASK: Sure. I personally like to build images up, and then efficiently break them down again. I like to torture the shit out of my paintings, not holding them sacred. So it’s like I toil and get meticulous with things in the process, only to then deface it and defile it, give it some wear and tear. When you do that it actually makes you look at the image a bit harder, and a little bit longer. In a weird way it makes me appreciate it more. I can see that it was something that was built up over time. It’s almost like how the Buddhist do the sand sculptures only to be washed away by the tide. Not to say this is on the same level as that, but I think the same kind of impermanence is the same vein, not holding anything sacred.
1xRUN: You also work on a lot of re-purposed wood, some of it has maybe seen some better days, do you want to touch on that for us?
BASK: Absolutely. That kind of flows into what I was saying earlier. I like to scour alley ways and junkyards and find things that have been discarded. I like to find panels that have that natural wear and tear in them. I never work on a brand new canvas or anything that’s new. Even if I get panels brand new, I’ll let them sit and weather, I’ll use them for other purposes before I eventually use them in a painting. It’s the starting point in every single piece, for the medium to already have a history. For the piece to already had this string of events that it’s gone through, then the final destination is whatever I paint on it.
Read on for mural flicks from BASK’s mural on the side of the 1xRUN Offices