STREET ARTIST BAST TAKES ON THE HAMPTONS WITH “SEAFOAM” AT ERIC FIRESTONE GALLERY
There’s just something about street art in the Hamptons, an irony embraced by Brooklyn-based graffitist Bast whose new show of paintings & sculpture, “Seafoam” went on display at Eric Firestone Gallery (owned and curated by Supertouch buddy Eric Firestone who also manages the Arizona Boneyard Porject) in the tony NY retreat community last week. Known for his wildly psychedelic, multi-layered street stencil wildpostings of pop imagery, it would have been an easy move for the artist to simply re-create his street work for a gallery setting. Instead, the graffitist delves deep into his tribal and folk art influences for this exhibition with this new work drawing heavily from the patterns and palettes of indigenous African and Aboriginal art, as well as outsider art from the American south. The results are beautiful as evidenced throughout this series of colorful abstracted portraits that nicely elevate his normally disposable urban work to new heights of composition and astute composition.
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