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March 8 - 31, 2024

Opening Reception: March 8, 6 - 8 pm

Dasha Bazanova

37-39 Clinton St NEW YORK

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Space 776 is pleased to present its first solo exhibition with Dasha Bazavona.  On view will be new works in which the artist comes to terms with aliens, both internal and external; real and fictional.  Part of the gallery will have pieces related loosely to the “alien” culture of Russia, the artist (officially an “alien” herself in the US), and of course the celebrated aliens of the sky.


The works- oil paintings on board, sculptures, and hybrids- are a self-aware meditation on “alienation”. Recent paintings, in Bazanova’s typical gray and earthen hues, have introduced figures from her mother’s conversations: the Grays, the Reptilians, the builder-gods that Erich van Daniken and others say brought civilization to ancient man like Prometheus. 


In recent work that draws inspiration from the 1970s, the Golden Age of alien conspiracies, she depicts classic subjects such as Stonehenge and Easter Island under construction.  One recent work Usurpation, 2024 shows the US Capitol being sieged gently by craft and lizards bringing to mind the January 6th attacks in D.C.


Accompanying these paintings are small-scale sculptures of Russian grandmas.  The ceramic sculptures are created in a seated position, made to be set on edges- here installed on burned wood fragments, as if resting on the remains of some disaster.  Like the figures in the paintings, they are sanguine and not overly moved by the incredible events happening or just happened.  


Both the space and the earth alien are connected to structures here.  The grandmothers and their people have possibly burned down what the gods had given them, and now wonder if they are disappointments to the people who granted them the gift of civilization.  




Dasha Bazanova was born in Arkhangelsk Russia right before the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 2011 she received her master’s at Moscow State Institute of International Relations. In 2012 Bazanova moved to New York where she earned an MFA at Long Island University (CW Post) in 2014. She currently lives and works in Bushwick/Ridgewood, NY. Her work was exhibited in New York galleries and museums such as the Painting Center, Lorimito, The Buggy Factory, GRIDSPACE, Islip Museum, and Steinberg Museum. She recently had solo exhibitions at the Spring Break Art Show / NYC 2022, and 2023 & a two-person show curated by Ambre Kelly and Andrew Gori at Spring Break / LA 2023, as well as the Spring Break Secret show in NYC. Her artwork was written about by Hyperallergic, Art Spiel, Art News, The Art News Paper, Bmore Art, Structure and Imagery, Arcade Project, Naia Brooklyn magazine, and more. Bazanova’s artwork is in many private collections such as Beth Rubin Dewoody and Stephanie Ingrassia.

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