William Basso: Mise-en-scène
On Saturday, April 11, Last Rites Gallery celebrates the opening of their latest exhibition “Mise-en-scène,” new work by artist William Basso.
“Mise-en-scène” will include 14 mixed media assemblages that display a mysterious theatricality while correlating to the transience of existence itself. “Mise-en-scène” will also feature a selection of Basso’s “raw materials”, such as his sculptured objects that provide key insight into the artist’s multistep methodology. The process in developing each work is unique to the artist and requires many stages including but not limited to sketches, sculpture, photography, digital rendering, printing, collaging and hand embellishing.
Mise-en-scène is a French word that translates to “placing on stage” and incorporates all the framing elements (i.e.: actors, lighting, décor, props, costume) in a film or theatrical production. Basso’s vocational background is in the visual effects industry where he produced commercial sculpture work and special effects makeup for a number of notable films. This profession allowed him to embrace the concept of creating an illusion as he transformed an actor into a supernatural being. Basso’s mixed media constructions incorporate his professional experience while blending it with his love of Halloween, bygone eras and his own brand of alchemy.
The show will run from Aprill 11 until May 16th.