Skyscrapers and Plant Roots Take Shape at Galleria Ca’ d’Oro
To wit, the show, titled “Reflections,” makes ample use of mirrors and reflective surfaces, employing them as the backdrop for chunky, skyscraper-like assemblages, or as the basis of shimmering geometrically paneled sculptures—as with Achill (2013) and Les Plis De La Vie (2013). In both types of work, Basso’s background in the fashion and design worlds brings material fluency and a keen compositional eye.
The artist, who got his start working with Versace in New York and Paris, founded the firm GlocalDesign, which focuses on interior and lighting design, in 2006. Working with companies such as Swarovski, he has explored his fascination with polished steel surfaces, the interplay between luxurious, mirror-like sheens and the inherent solidity and presence of metalwork. In his fine art work, Basso expands his practice to experiment with these same elements, drawing more literal parallels between materials and processes.
His architecturally influenced, metal-and-mirrored sculptures are complemented at the gallery by the work of
“Roots: Nature’s Hidden Beauty” and “Reflections” are on view at Galleria Ca’ d’Oro, New York, Apr. 23–May 24, 2015.