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Gallery Exhibit: David KelseyBassett
- Exhibit runs
- July 12 - August 31, 2018
- SMAC Gallery
- 114 N Third Street
Marshall, MN 56258
OPEN MONDAY – FRIDAY
8:00 AM – 12:00 NOON
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
*Artist Reception: Join us on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 5-7 pm, meet David and view his screen printing art — then stick around to listen to the music of David and his brother-in-law, Oak Kelsey.
As a kid growing up in the 1980s, David KelseyBassett had an insatiable love of hip-hop and New York City. He moved to NYC in 2008, but he and his wife returned to Southwest Minnesota the following year to start a family of their own.
Still, that New York experience influences his art. In 2010 he wrote a pocket guide to New York City record stores. The inspiration for his water towers prints came from New York City, where massive skyscrapers often have water towers resting on their rooftops. His descriptions of rural life quite often have distress marks that give the work a graffiti-like quality.
David has received two SMAC Emerging Artist grants, both related to screen printing. During the summer, he enjoys having screen printing parties inside his vintage camper turned mobile studio called the Screening Eagle.
The Screening Eagle is a mobile screen printing studio that was made possible by a SMAC Individual Artist grant for developing artists, which
KelseyBassett describes this exhibit in his own words:
"I push my art on to other people because art helps build community and fellowship. I like bringing disparate elements together. I push them together in my art. For example, I'll write a song about small town life, only to perform it in a hip-hop style in front of a rural community art crowd. I'll combine imagery from a New York City subway entrance with a hay bale from the North side of Currie, Minnesota. Those are my efforts to achieve harmony with the incongruous. I'll pluck water towers out from their small town landscapes and push them together on a screen printed page, alluding to community building. We build community as we push the squeegee, so let's push it along."