323East has decided that a colorful celebration is the way to go out or remain calm in light of what Central America hinted at many centuries ago. We’ve asked a number of our favorites to submit pieces that touch upon, affirm, reject, or dismiss the notion of scheduled annihilation.
And appropriately enough, this “finale” will mark the final exhibit that the gallery will house in Royal Oak before moving on to new digs near the Eastern Market.
Artists Include: Sam Shamsedean, Himanshu Sharma, Matt Eaton, Ana Bagayan, Mark Sarmel, Ray Domzalski, April Segedi, Bask, John Dunivant, Audrey Pongracz, Ron Zakrin, Glenn Barr, Mark Heggie, Aunia Kahn, Brock Goodman, Kelsey Beckett, William Hanagan, Frank Zerelli, Brian Stuhr, Adrienne L'esperance, Julianna Frost, Jon Sandberg, Kobie Solomon, Mary Williams, Jesse Kassel, Craig Hejka, Mark Arminksi, Amy Chenier, Michael Hanlon, Ed Foster, Julianna Counts, Julie Fournier, Tom Thewes & more...
Bask is the moniker of one, Ales Bask Hostomsky, who along with his parents emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Florida and began to soak up America’s popular iconic imagery along with the sun.
Bask quickly began to notice similarities between the communistic iconic propaganda from his youth and the consumer advertising of his teens. He soon discovered that they were simply, two sides of the same coin. Each vying for our short-lived attention spans, all the while selling us (or telling us?) anything and everything from Marxism to McDonalds. Seeking conspiracies -and finding them embedded in the popular iconography of the mass media, Bask began painting bold, media critical broadsides to assuage his fear of being manipulated. A fear cultivated in a repressive regime, had now returned, but to the most unlikely and safest of places- The American living room.