Wednesday, August 29, 2012

i burned myself to life

TREES

Zeus Bascon's works are anchored in metaphors. Perennially in love with how words can romanticize instances, he lets these bloom in time or even forcibly impose these when necessary. His creative process involves immersion; experiencing and absorbing all eventualities, whether in solitude or in the company of others. His creative process involves reflection; feeling and meditating on particular occurrences, whether exclusively of inclusively. His creative process involves expedient production; espousing a self-taught artist's mantra "Work with what you have." For Bascon, art-making happens while one is actively living in the moment. During meltdowns, while running wild, he interprets life without distancing himself from it.

BURN

Zeus Bascon's works are attached to the bonds he has created, severed and reconnected. Amidst closeness, phases of confusion, rituals and spirituals; his mother is a thriving wildflower. His works bear narratives of frustrations, interpretations of ideologies and a liberation from inhibitions. His home, his dog, his neighborhood, the realities of his environs are reflected as elements, as subject or as visual anecdotes. To encapsulate his source of inspiration is to betray geography. Much like saying that the journey from Cubao to Santa Rosa is akin to the move from 19C Yale Street to 110 Barangay Pooc. He knows it is not.
 
 
DOWN

Zeus Bascon's works are products structured though abstract concepts. His recent outputs show maturity and focus, while subtly relaying pertinent chronicles. Rather than engage in a society that is obsessed with colonial escapism, we should devote our time in living. As such, there may be a need to hear (or see) someone else's story to provoke us to question our own reality, for as Jean-Paul Sartre stated: "Existence precedes essence."

- Words by Con Cabrera
 
Passing
Acrylic on canvas
7 x 14 in
2011
Meltdown
Acrylic on paper; sticker on acetate
9 x 8.25 in
2011-2012
Unholy ii
Acrylic on paper, lightbox
9 x 7 in
2012

Trees Burn Down
Acrylic, embroidery and wax on fabric; acrylic and wax on wood
16 x 24 in
2011
Three Figures
Acrylic and oil on canvas
9 x 7 in
2012
Ember
Acrylic on paper
12.25 x 14.75 in
2012
Entities
Acrylic and collage on paper
12.25 x 14.75 in
2012
Wildflower
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 23.5 in
2012
To My Beloved Muse
Acrylic and epoxy on found ceramic figurine
Size variable
2012
Unholy i
Acrylic and oil on relief paper
8.75 in diameter
2012


Vivid Character i & ii
Acrylic on paper
19 x 24 in
2012
Hail The All Seeing
acrylic on wood, screw, nails, metal braces, florescent light, paper, epoxy
size variable
2012
The Ritual
Acrylic on paper
9 x 7 in
2012
Jump Over The Ruins
Acrylic and oil on paper
10.75 x 12 in
2012
To Run Wild Is Bliss
Acrylic on canvas
12 x 12in
2012

I Burn Then Die, Then Burn Again
Color pencils, acrylic and embroidery on canvas; collage on acrylic sheet
36 x 48 in
2012
Abstracted Image of A Palmera Tree
Acrylic on canvas; vinyl sticker on acetate
4 x 5 in
2012
 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

BURN BURN BURN

One of the reasons why i have been inactive in blogging stuff is because a lot has happened. and one of the things i am on right now is my first solo exhibition!



With works that are anchored in metaphors, Zeus Bascon finally debuts his solo exhibition. Perennially in love with how words can romanticize instances, he lets his art bloom in time or even forcibly impose it when necessary. For him, art-making happens while one is actively living in the moment. During meltdowns, while running wild, he interprets life without distancing himself from it. His works bear narratives of frustrations, interpretations of ideologies and a liberation from inhibitions.  His home, his dog, his neighborhood, the realities of his environs are reflected as elements, as subject or as visual anecdotes. He treats his works as reflections of the continuous exploration to the wholeness of our nature.

The Blanc Gallery opens Trees Burn Down on July 30, 2012, reception starts at 6pm. The exhibition is on view until August 20. The Blanc Gallery is located at Unit 2-E Crown Tower, 107 H. V. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City.

Structure Of Ironies

2 x 4 ft (diptych)
Acrylic, oil and paper on canvas
2010
 el fuego como carne que se frie al sol y descompone el techo de la casa. en el fondo se dibujan las lineas de todos los aviones que alguna vez volaron por la zona, creando una grilla en distintos tonos de blanco. un fantasma caotico sobre los colores del atardecer de un fin del mundo que veo por primera vez.
muchos recuerdos. la familia no sale, no existe, es piedra y miedo. 
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fire as flesh frying in the sun and decomposing the roof on the house. in the background, the lines of every plane that once flew over the zone are drawn, creating a grid in different tones of white. a caotic ghost over the colors of the sunset in an end of the world that i see fo the first time.
lots of memories. the family doesn't come out doesn't exist it's stone and fear.
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Velcro Goblin of Argentina saw my account on deviantart and have found inspiration from this work.
And for that, i am grateful.

Thank you!

you can check his deviant account here

and if you can read spansih, check his blog here

Monday, March 5, 2012

it's on!

ballpen, paper and colored pencils
the heat is intense and i asked google when does summer starts in the philippines?
it answered march til mid-may.

Monday, February 20, 2012

aksyon na aksyon kapag usapang pag-ibig

this year, i've been involved in two zines (but i consider it more of an artist-initiated publications):


NINE IRON: Steel-Fisted Action!

feat.
Mark Salvatus
Dex Fernandez
Alvin Capistrano
Dina Gadia
Allan Balisi
Zeus Bascon
Kat Medina
Jobi Guanzon
Albert Sy

18 pages (including cover)
8.5 x 5.5 inches
numbered edition of 50
50php

I'm not sure how many copies are still available but you can get in touch with NINE IRON if you want to have your own copy!





it includes a spread in my visual journal:
evil speaks
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The Last Valentine's Day on Earth 

feat.
Aj Omandac
Anjo Bollarda
Apol Sta Maria
Bru Sim
Dan Matutina
Dang Sering
Kat Medina
Manix Abrera
Marcushiro Nada
Tof Zapanta
Zeus Bascon

a 42-page Komix/Zine/ArtArt 

launched at Art In The Park Booth D2
for 150php




say hello if you want to  have a copy! this are my stuff that are in it:


Then there was *poof*

Sagwa and  Mass of contradictions and confusions


Wagas


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im not sure how many copies of "Who Said Romance Is Dead" by Saturnino Basilla are still available but if you'll contact them now, you're one of the 50 to enjoy thie wonderful february kitschy treat!



it's just the 2nd month of the year and it's already this stressful! these zines (uhm, artist-initiated publications) will sure help anyone to de-stress!

ENJOY READING!

Stortoink

It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.
-Philip K. Dick, Valis


a series of works based on draft messages and sketches, found the moment i woke up, then painted over - trying to recapture what could have been just another trip in our everyday southern lives.

Amuyong i

Amuyong ii


5:30


Sa Ilalim ng Buwan


Mistulang Buang


Mirong Saguiguilid


Namatay Na Ang Mga Sirena


Toklap


Punso

Ang Pagpupulong


Taguan


Sa Kaharian Nil Haring Damian at David


Mistulang Bahagyang Palusot


Stortoink


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

january is in a hurry


as i try to keep up with everything else for the next six months! it's been a very busy first month, and im glad that i get to work on lots of stuff and managed to finish some (i am yet to start on other projects that needs to be done asap - i'll get to that as soon as i wake up later).

i've been working on 4 collections of works for the past weeks now.

i'm doing all at the same time, trying to meet deadlines, months before they need all the artworks, until i figured out it's just impossible for me.

so i focused on one and finally (finally!) i managed to finish just in time for this year's Art In The Park.