Galería de las Misiones is pleased to present the exhibition “The Black Lodge” of artist Javier Bassi. He is one of the Latin-American artists who has researched black color more in depth not as a theoretical matter but as a mean for his graphic-plastic work.
During his prolific career his work has always returned to black but it is not always the same: he researches the black giving to it living values. In this occasion there is a search for its mystery which is a manifestation of a mental space of openness and at the same time of significant emptiness.
A space, a chaos, from where it could spring the synthesis of a new order.
In these new works we can observe spaces or time lapses suggested by the translation of white lines into a black abysm. These straight lines conform a geometry of withdrawing space in the sense of non-functionality of its latent structures. This space, which is not, just a intervened plane, gets lost in the black that does not exist as well but as a form of absence of color.
Javier Bassi, Montevideo, Uruguay. 1964. He lives and works in Montevideo.
He studies with Pierre Fossey (1976) and José Montes disciple of Augusto Torres (1984) and he attends the School of Architecture and Urbanism UdelaR (1985-1992). In New York and Boston he attends to a grant of the United States Program. He receives the Prix Paul Cézanne from the Department of Foreign Affairs of France. He works in the Atelier Alraune, assisted by the Musée des Beaux Arts of Nantes. In 1998 he moves to New York and developes New York Series, paintings and monumental objects at the J.M. Studio in Manhattan, where he returns in 2000 and 2004. He participates in workshops in Holland, France, USA, Equator and Uruguay.
Since 1990 he shows actively, twenty-four solo exhibitions and more than one hundred and forty collective exhibitions in twenty-two countries. He represents Uruguay in the V Bienal Internacional de Pintura de Cuenca, the I Bienal de Artes Visuales del Mercosur, the VII Bienal de la Habana, and the 2da Bienal de Montevideo.
He is recognized with the most important awards in art of his country, among others First Prizes in: VI Muestra Nacional de Plásticos Jóvenes (1994), Prix Paul Cézanne (1996), Salón Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (1997), Salón Municipal (1998), 50 Salón Nacional (2002), Concurso Mural del Bicentenario (2011) and Great Prizes in: Salón Centenario del BROU (1996), I Bienal de Mosca (1999) y VIII Bienal de Salto (2000). He is invited to inaugurate with works by Pedro Figari the MUVA with a permanent individual exhibition (1997). He receives the Niveau Award in the III Mail Art Biennale of Debrecen (2010) and the FEFCA found for creation from the Ministry of Education and Culture (2012-2014). In 2012: Hora mística / el borde afilado de la Tierra is selected in Intemperie, a cycle for artistic interventions at the Museo Figari, and The Plot 2nd stage receives the 2nd Prize in the latest edition of the Bienal de Salto. He develops his work in paintings, installations, sound tracks, objects, urban interventions, prints, artists’ books, texts, performances and different activities related to art and contemporary thought.
His works can be found in several collections including Museo Juan Manuel Blanes, Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, FluxMuseum of Texas, Kuptferstichkabinett Museum in Dresden, Germany, among others and in private collections.