October 7 - November 2, 2022
Hoodoos and Other Oddities
New paintings and ceramic sculptures
37-39 Clinton St NEW YORK
New York, NY- Space 776 is pleased to present the third solo exhibition by artist Lynn Basa. This time along with the new encaustic paintings we will showcase Basa’s ceramic sculptures.
Earlier this year, Lynn Basa made an abrupt return to ceramics inspired by images of hundreds of small wind-carved sand formations that appeared overnight on the shores of Lake Michigan near St. Joseph in early January 2022. Seldom seen and short-lived, these “sand hoodoos” launched Lynn Basa back into clay after a decades-long hiatus.
“I've known for a while that I chose encaustic as a painting medium because it had similar properties to clay. The pigment and beeswax mixture is applied while molten hot and sealed by heat, it can be scraped and carved, there's something primal about it. I want my work to look like it was made by itself, like there was no human ego behind it, with all of its self-doubts and outside influences. It helps me channel my inner Neanderthal, to get into the mind frame of what art could have looked like before art history, the art market, institutions, and critical theory. What would a completely unselfconscious, yet intentionally-made object look like? It’s a conundrum that I’ll never conquer.” - Lynn Basa
Basa started working with clay when she was 12 and continued through to an undergraduate degree in fine art with a concentration in ceramics. She gradually moved on to other materials but when Basa saw the sand hoodoos she knew instantly that it was time to get back into the mud.