We've long been fans of local artist, Richard Bassett. His recent work has focused on icons of Americana, referencing familiar and nostalgic American culture. While Bassett's newest work continues on this Americana path, it pushes us headfirst towards a more controversial place by focusing on the universally recognizable and disturbing images of the JFK assassination.
What makes this latest work especially provocative and effective, is Bassett's choice to revisit these images of violence (or pending violence) using needlepoint pillows as his medium. It's the soft, comfortable pillow paired with the violent image that forces us to confront our own level of comfort with violence.
In Bassett's own words:
In our climate of visual inundation, these images, which once shocked and grieved a nation, now feel all too familiar and commonplace. Is this a consequence of time or has the daily onslaught of visual violence dulled our senses to such a degree that it's difficult to see them for what they are? And, can the shock of seeing these images on pillows momentarily snap us back to their reality?
The Dallas Series is available through the Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco and will be at the Miami Art Fair / Aqua Hotel, Rm.210 in early December.
For more information please contact Jack Fischer Gallery.
You can see more of Richard Bassett's work on his website.