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.., immediately following 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, and at Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, in January 2017.
Her recent shows include Throat Wanders Down the Blade.., Annka Kultys Gallery, London; In The Flesh: Part II: Potential Adaptations, Gallery Diet, Miami; Two person show with Antoine Renard, Gillmeier&Rech, Berlin; In The Flesh: Part I: Subliminal Substances , Martos Gallery, LA; Got Tortilla with Butter on Phone. Think it’s the End?, Rod Barton, London; Unsafe At Any Speed, 820 Plaza, Montreal, Canada.
“New Gallery Show Explores ‘Corporal Forms'”
Jackson Hole News & Guide, review by Isa Jones
8 February 2017
“Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema And Art, 1905-2016”
Musee, review by Celina Huynh
4 November 2016
“Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema And Film, 1905-2016 At The Wihtney Museum”
Eye towards the Dove, review by Jongho Lee
1 November 2016
“(Dis)Figurative Art: Ivana Basic On The Socially Constructed Body”
Artspace, review by Loney Abrams
7 October 2016
Traction Magazine, interview by Charlotte Bernard
3 October 2016
“Explore Ivana Basic’s Aesthetically Disturbing Exhibition at Annka Kultys Gallery”
Art Verge, review by Yannis Kostarias
29 September 2016
“Ivana Basic @ Annka Kultys Gallery Reviewed”
AQNB, review by Adeleine St
26 September 2016
“Alien Bodies. Ivana Basic At Annka Kultys Gallery”
The Quietus, review by Robert Barry
25 September 2016
8 SEPTEMBER – 8 OCTOBER 2016
30 JUNE – 30 JULY 2016