AboutLazarides is delighted to announce Botulism, the first solo exhibition of Brooklyn's infamous collagist Bäst at the Rathbone Gallery. Bäst will present a collection of new works, developing past preoccupations in an exciting new direction.
Bäst's work is inspired by the early punk flyers of London and New York, playing with a variety of 21st Century icons and appropriating imagery from a variety of media. From advertising to comic book characters, Bäst subverts the familiar and recognisable into distorted counterparts. His collages, wheat-pasted posters and paintings morph Mickey Mouse, Pinocchio and Papa Smurf into multi-eyed sexually charged portraits of their former selves. Food packaging, 50's newspaper clippings and brand logo's all feature as the backdrop to his vibrant, brilliantly coloured works.
Whether appearing in the doorways of downtown New York or on the walls of a gallery, Bäst's graphic language translates into prints, paintings, collages and mixed media sculptures. His latest acrylic paintings on wood have developed the colourful repetitive patterns so often present in his collages. For Botulism expect myriad unprecedented works with that classic Bäst flavour.
Bäst recently exhibited with longtime collaborators Faile in the Greek Street gallery space, the acclaimed Deluxx Fluxx Arcade showcasing a groundbreaking display of customised arcade games pasted with a collage of the artists' unique imagery and paired with tunes composed by post-punk art rock band Les Savy Fav