Nick Bassett’s Paintings on Display in The World’s Smallest Art Gallery through February 1, 2013.
You know Nick Bassett. You may not know that you know Nick Bassett, but you
know him. You have seen his stickers adorning stop signs and telephone poles. You’ve
seen his tag (nome d’arte?) sprayed on a skate ramp or bridge abutment. You’ve seen
him creating a roof top mural in the background of a music video. Nick has the
subliminal ubiquity achieved by active graffiti artists. Now if you want to know him face
to face - or at least his paintings on canvas – all you need to do is check out The World’s
Smallest Art Gallery. Several of his pieces are on display until February 1, 2013.
Nick has a doppelganger named Mr. Munk or Munko McFunko. He is an
overweight, ugly, older, sourpuss version of Nick. Mr. Munk could be Nick in twenty
years if things went really wrong. This character is one aspect of Nick’s art that makes it
unique and engaging. Mr. Munk suggests that among all the color and energy there is
something serious going on, something worth paying closer attention to.
Nick is a real artist; he makes art because he needs to. “I paint,” he says, “Out of
my emotions. I paint when I’m angry, sad, nervous, or happy. I never paint out of
boredom.” He goes on to explain that if he paints out of anger he becomes less angry, but
if he paints when he’s happy, he gets happier. You got to appreciate this insight as a great
explanation for why art is such a positive influence; it makes the bad stuff less bad and
the good stuff even better!
Visit Nick’s website at http://www.munkizm.com/ .
Buy Nick’s art! Buy it for Valentines Day. Buy it for Easter. Buy it for Mother’s
Day. You get the picture. Keep the kid in canvas and spray cans, and markers. The more
he paints, the better off we will all be.
The World’s Smallest Art Gallery is:
A kiosk on the South County Bike Path (http://southcountybikepath.org).
It is located in Peace Dale where the bike path crosses Route 108. The
kiosk is a beautifully designed and built structure that has two display
cases. Each measures 42” X 41” x 2”. The cases are weatherproof and
have sturdy locks.
A joint project of Hera Gallery (http://heragallery.org) and Peace Dale
Neighborhood Revitalization, Inc. (http://www.peacedale.net).
A place to show your artwork. Hera Gallery will be managing the kiosk
as a place for artists to display their work. You may have a six-week, one-
person show in the kiosk on a first come, first serve basis. Work is not
juried, but must be “family friendly.” Artists are asked to choose work that
does not depict nudity, sexuality or violence. Neither Hera Gallery nor
PDNRI will insure the work. Artists display work at their own risk.
A way of having your work seen by a lot of people. The bike path has very
heavy traffic, especially during the Spring, Summer and early Fall. Many
bikers, runners and walkers pass by every hour. There will not be sales
from the Kiosk, but your display can include your contact information.
Hera Gallery will publicize The World’s Smallest Gallery on its website,
blog, and Constant Contact mailings. A Facebook page will be developed.
A way to beautify the community. The stretch of the bike path where
the kiosk is located contains other artwork including murals, sculpture,
mosaics, and landscape architecture. The World’s Smallest Art Gallery
will add to the beautification of this area.
John Kotula is the coordinator of this project for Hera Gallery. If you
are interested in showing your artwork on the bike path contact John at
email@example.com to get more details and to schedule a show.