Although he makes an annual trip to Detroit, Czech-born artist Ales “Bask” Hostomsky is continually amazed and inspired by all the people who are fighting to pull the city back to the greatness it once represented. This inspiration is what makes up the dynamic to his ever-changing work.
Bask is known for his massive murals, over-the-top gallery installations and tireless work ethic. This Friday, Bask will showcase his works at Detroit’s Inner State Gallery, displaying over 300 pieces of original work in his most ambitious exhibition to date. The show, entitled “Location, Location, Location,” will be Bask’s first solo exhibition in Detroit in over two years (his last show was at Inner State’s former 323 East Gallery).
“I wanted to do something special to coincide with the show. So the idea came to mind to make a series of pieces in sets that were all hand painted. No stencils or silkscreens. I just wanted to offer actual painted pieces that are affordable to anyone who wants it. From there I had the idea of bringing back some of the faces that have appeared in my past works along with characters that Detroit inspired me to create. There are over 500 hours in these between my assistant and myself. Each panel was painstakingly worked over, and my focus was to make sure that each piece is a one of a kind.” Bask said.
With his latest hand-painted multiple series, “Face Invaders,” Bask provides his die-hard fans with a collection of 200 12-inch x12-inch original works of art that embrace the iconic language he has developed over his 15-year career.
“I took the opportunity to move to Detroit 14 years ago, but my stay lasted only four years. However, during that time the city had a profound impact on my work, as well as my consciousness towards social and political issues. It was this appreciation for the influence that Detroit has had on me that inspired the work I made for the show,” Bask said.
Recently, Bask’s work was personally selected by Robert Downey Jr. and was featured in the blockbuster “Iron Man 3.” Bask’s artwork was featured throughout the movie and lining the lair of the movie’s villain, Mandarin. In addition, Bask has been commissioned by Evan Longoria, Death Cab for Cutie, Primus, the estates of Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG, Art Basel Miami, MTV, Vans and Red Bull, among many others.
“Location, Location, Location” will be free and open to the public this Friday, August 22 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET for an opening reception. If you cannot make it on Friday, don’t worry! The exhibit will be up until September 14. Inner State Gallery is located at 1410 Gratiot Avenue in Detroit’s Eastern Market. For more information, please visit InnerStateGallery.com.