Through her sculptures and videos, Ivana Basic asserts the body as a dense and finite space of confinement and examines the conditions and consequences of that space, its boundaries, its matter, its durability and its weight. Fusing synthetic materials such as silicone and living materials such as wax and oil paint, Basic enfleshes hollow and bruised forms that are at once bodies and habitats. Residing in the liminal space between life and death these sculptural forms test the boundaries of ‘human minimality’ while examining what constitutes the notion of “wholeness”. For the viewer, Basic’s work evokes both the repulsion and the beauty inherent to the pain and fragility of corporeality. Through the duality of her practice Basic negotiates the complex conditions of mortality and speculates on scenarios beyond death and singularity.
Ivana Basic is a Serbian artist based in New York (b.1986). She completed an M.P.S. at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, in 2012. Basic’s work was first exhibited at Annka Kultys Gallery in the 2016 summer group show, Zero Zero. The gallery held her first ever solo exhibition, Throat Wanders Down the Blade.., in September 2016.
Basic’s work was recently on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York in Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art 1905-2016.
Her solo shows include Marlborough Gallery, New York; Annka Kultys Gallery, London; and group exhibitions: Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Annka Kultys Gallery, London; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; Gallery Diet, Miami; Antoine Renard, Gillmeier&Rech, Berlin; Martos Gallery, LA; Rod Barton, London; 820 Plaza, Montreal, Canada.
SELECTED PRESS / NEWS
Galerie Pact, Paris
19 October 2017 – January 2018
The Brooklyn Rail, review by William Corwin
14 July 2017
Artforum, review by Matthew Weinstein
“Feeling Anxiety and Relief at NADA New York”
Hyperallergic, review by Claire Voon
3 March 2017
Jackson Hole News & Guide, review by Isa Jones
8 February 2017
14 December 2016
Musee, review by Celina Huynh
4 November 2016
Eye towards the Dove, review by Jongho Lee
1 November 2016
Artspace, review by Loney Abrams
7 October 2016
Traction Magazine, interview by Charlotte Bernard
3 October 2016
Art Verge, review by Yannis Kostarias
29 September 2016
AQNB, review by Adeleine St
26 September 2016
The Quietus, review by Robert Barry
25 September 2016
5 JULY – 29 JULY 2017
8 SEPTEMBER – 8 OCTOBER 2016