"I can't remember exactly when I first started seeing Bast's work on the street but I know it was a good while back... maybe six or seven years. Being a fan of Motorhead and Spinal Tap, at first I just thought it was funny that Bast used an umlaut in his name, which I instinctively read as Bast even though the umlaut suggested Baste would be the proper pronunciation. The pronunciation dilemma alone now had me thinking about Bast's work, and as I discovered more Bast posters and stencils juxtaposing his name with loaded imagery of dictators, guns, and corporate logos, etc... I found myself frustrated trying to interpret it, but amused by the idea of the aggravation it might cause an uptight person. In the end I just accepted the work as a pop culture regurgitation that added beautiful texture to the street and stimulated a free association in the viewer that may not have anything to do with Bast's inspiration or intention. Bast's images look somewhat random, which in turn makes the work feel very punk and a bit nihilistic, but the design sense is very pleasing and I'm sure considered. I would call the overall feel 'organized chaos' in the same realm as Rauschenberg but using the street as the canvas. The textures that Bast uses in his work as well as those on the surfaces he integrates his pieces into give an instant sense of nostalgia and decay. Bast places his work on buildings and in alleys where the art actually adds life and improves the surfaces. Walking the streets of Manhattan or Brooklyn I've often thought I've found some obscure uncharted street art territory only to discover that Bast has beaten me to it. Bast's work inhabits NY in a way that only a true local who loves the city can execute."
And here's what Banksy has said of him:
"Bast is an artist who represents for Brooklyn. He does this by writing 'BAST-BROOKLYN' on other people's property (and in one case when visiting London the side of a moving red double decker bus). He does this by speaking with a deep Williamsburg drawl that makes Al Pacino sound like a girl, but mainly he does it by making art that actually feels like Brooklyn. The borough is said to contain every culture and race that exists on planet earth but that doesn't necessarily make it interesting - so does the United Nations building but who wants to look at that? The key to Bast's appeal is not being very responsible. The work isn't so much a 'melting pot' of culture as a food blender, set on max and left until the motor burns out. His art is fast and loose and cheap, which is strangely why it endures, it's punchy and it has value. As the great disgraced film producer Robert Evans once said "Its irreverence that makes things sizzle, its irreverence that gives you the chance of truly touching magic..."
Its that warriors vs. baseball fury element to glitch his motor sensory development [br]I am a star, really. [br]The big bang ba$t@rd's back with a one way ticket to Beat Street.
Totally love it too, jawdropping. Hits you in the face, a bewildering chaotic headf*ck. It shouldn't work, but somehow it all sits together perfectly. If I owned a Supine I would want that right next to it. Interesting quotes csoldier thanks for posting those.
Finsbury: champions league your having. A laugh
May 19, 2013 20:40:25 GMT 1
Finsbury: Front wheels no show Hahnaahaahahahah
May 19, 2013 20:38:52 GMT 1
thebigboss: Forget Daft Punk, listen to Radio Soulwax - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6CJElDdzvg
May 16, 2013 13:18:21 GMT 1
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258: im after vna's 8, 9 & 11, does anyone know anyone selling them? cheers
May 16, 2013 10:21:30 GMT 1
siankisses: [br]FOR SALE – thegiant.org/wiki/index.php/Guns_and_Roses_Offset - signed,numbered 135 of 750. black mount & black gallery frame, purchased from Artrepublic in 2007. I am looking for £350 or a sensible offer. Buyer to collect from London, SE1.
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