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Creating Dialogue

BY Riki Altman-Yee | September 17, 2018 | Feature

The Bass' two new exhibitions encourage conversation and debate.
“Untitled (donkey)” by Paola Pivi

Since its inception in the 1960s, The Bass has shown a diverse range of mid-career and established international artists, but after its heralded grand reopening in 2017, the bar rose. For years The Bass’ executive director and chief curator, Silvia Karman Cubiñá, and assistant curator Leilani Lynch have remained steadfast, however, inviting fresh works that demand commentary. Who can forget last year’s “vocabulary of solitude,” the installation by Ugo Rondinone made up of 45 life-size clowns? Beginning this month, two new exhibitions will invite viewers to engage yet again: Paola Pivi’s Art With a View (Oct. 13 to March 10) and Aaron Curry’s Tune Yer Head (Oct. 13 to April 21).

“The Bass works with artists who question our present time, contextualizing the conditions and issues we face both globally and locally,” says Cubiñá. “Paola Pivi examines reality and fantasy, and how the two simultaneously collide and fuse, whereas Aaron Curry creates work with a timely reference to art history and pop culture.”

The L.A.-based Curry has a mashup style that points to 20th-century art icons—from the Modernists to cartoonists and even street artists—in metal sculptures, paintings and collages. “There’s something familiar about them,” says Lynch, “but then they are acid and neon-colored. He turns things that look like a rendering and captures their essence. They read really fresh.” New pieces include an immersive installation with Curry’s iconic sculptures and printed cardboard on a site-specific carpet of his design. Cubiñá summarizes it as “visually stunning and all-encompassing.”

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