Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dasha Bazanova: Conscious Desire and Human Experience

Resort, 2018, oil on wood, glazes ceramic frame, 18 x 13 inches

I recently ran into sculptor/painter Dasha Bazanova as we were making the rounds at Red Hook's annual open studios event.
I first became aware of Bazanova's work in 2012 and, soon after, met this integral fixture of the thriving Brooklyn (Bushwick) art scene.
In addition to making and actively exhibiting her on work Bazanova is a great supporter of New York's art scene, curating recent exhibitions as After Life at Linden Hill Cemetery as part of 2018's Bushwick Open Studios and Ceramos 2 a group exhibition mounted this year at Space 776.

This month Bazanova opens her solo exhibition, Choices hosted by the Brooklyn College Collective.
The exhibit will be on view from November 23 - 29, 2018 with an opening reception for the artist held on November 23 at 6 PM.

Sasha, 2018, ceramic, 3 x 2 x 2 inches

Riding a Bear, 2016-18, oil on wood, glazed ceramic frame, 9 x 8 inches

Dasha Bazanova in Brooklyn, 2015
Photo by James Prez

Dasha Bazanova is an international mixed media artist living and working in NYC. She exhibits her work both nationally and internationally. Working in two and three dimensional art forms, she is propelled by the concepts of time, decay, and multi-sensory cognition. She uses discarded objects to create her artwork. Dasha received an MFA from Long Island University, LIU Post. 

Artist Statement:

I am a multi-media artist. My work is inspired by my Russian heritage, my past memories, and my unconscious connection to Eastern European mythology. My images represent the conflict between conscious desire and collective human experience. As expressions of the psyche, they are at once fragmented and primordial, chaotic and yet signifying of a deeper narrative lying just beneath the understanding.
As well as paintings and sculptures, I create geometric structures made of burnt wood.  These  are arranged to allow viewers to walk inside and look around. This symbolizes my personal feelings, the varieties of choices we have in our lives, and the personal discomfort we have in making decisions.

Morality, 2016, oil on wood, 22 x 14 inches

Nastya, 2018, ceramic, 3 x 2 x 2 inches

Polina, 2018, ceramic, 3 x 2 x 2 inches

Margarita, 2018, ceramic, 3 x 2 x 2 inches

Irina, 2018, ceramic, 3 x 2 x 2 inches

Election Day, 2016-18, oil on wood, 9 x 6 inches

Dunyasha, 2018, ceramic, 3 x 2 x 2 inches

Anna, 2018, ceramics, 3 x 2 x 2 inches

*All images © Dasha Bazanova and are posted here courtesy of the artist.

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