Are these stories of love or pain? The sometimes upsettingly explicit scenes are not pornographic, it’s an unusual intimacy that Basil offers and it’s hard to turn away from the images. They cast a spell when the large figures sometimes comfortably, sometimes uncomfortably sit or lay in the minimal abstracted bathroom or bedroom interiors. Even though the motives resemble each other and come in only slight variations of color and form, each work is unique and manifold in its simplicity – one can’t get enough of these beautifully crafted pieces that offer many readings in times when the body has become a complex political place around gender, identity, and power. In the exhibition, a presentation of several small drawings are been presented next to the painting.
Alexander Basil (b. 1997) currently lives and works between Düsseldorf and Vienna. Basil has studied at The Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf, and The Academy of Fine Art, Vienna, under Professors Elizabeth Peyton, Daniel Richter, Kirsi Mikkola, and Tomma Abts.
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