Wednesday, February 17, 2010

5 x 5 Submission 32 - James C Bassett

James Bassett
James Bassett's website
James C. Bassett is a sculptor, writer, and editor. He was born on the U.S. Naval Submarine Base at Groton, CT and currently lives at his 35th address from 19 cities in 10 states and 2 countries. This constant dislocation has fostered a sense of outsiderness that informs his art. His sculpture typically explores the “autoalienation” of the postmodern world: the loss of connectedness and belonging of the individual to society, and the effects of this state of being -- this “twilife” -- on both the individual and on society. The Games of Pain and Sorrow are a new series growing out the turmoil of my recent move to Seattle.

Games of Pain and Sorrow: diabolical devices, pointlessly painful. Inscrutable relics from faraway, forgotten cultures. Pieces may be missing or damaged, the games incomplete. The rules are lost and unknown. But it hurts, however you play.

It’s a metaphor for something. . . . . . . . .

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