Forming is Coming /// New Work by Sto Len

January 7, 2014

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STO LEN
FORMING

in the project space:
DESSARAE BASSIL
THE DAUNTING TACO: A SOFT SHELL PORN

Opening Reception Saturday January 11th, 7-10pm
With performance by Stolen Temple Pileup
January 11-February 22, 2014

Forming is a solo exhibition of new works by Sto Len that focuses on water as a central theme within a series of personal sigils, rituals, visions, and chance operations.

These paintings are inspired by winter days and the wish for the sun. The moment when you spill your coffee on your clean white shirt while talking to the bemused clouds. This moment of reflection is mirrored in how the sumi ink is applied through out the paintings. The ink puddled and soaked into the paper, dripping and squeezing in on the blank space. Hung from the wall and ceiling they read as hieroglyphs, maps to resuscitate the past and hint the future. Hanging like flags and scrolls, they declare no one country or language. They are emotive in nature, floating like a tornado of whirling lines that interweave together like gnarled barbed wire fences or tall radio towers that invite you to climb to the top to check out the view.

Sto Len is a painter, sculptor, sound and performance artist based in NY. He has exhibited his paintings and sculptures internationally, including exhibitions in NY, Japan, London, Australia, Denmark, Canada and Mexico City. In 2004, Sto co-founded the alternative arts space Cinders Gallery in NY which held exhibitions for 7 years and has since become a project-based non profit arts organization. In 2011, Sto completed the Time Synch Residency at the Clocktower Gallery in NY with his sound and performance work. He has performed under various monikers over the years including DUBKNOWDUB, STOLEN TEMPLE PILEUP, SATURN DOGS and JUJU MECHANIX. His artwork and artist books are included in the West Collection, NY Public Library, Museum of Modern Art Library, Temple University Collection, and the University of San Diego.

See some of Sto’s new work Here

****In the project room at FLA Gallery*****

The Daunting Taco: A Soft Shell Porn is a solo exhibition by Dessarae Bassil. This work is a series of drawings exploring themes of sexuality, narrative, pop culture and love. Dessarae’s drawings are inspired by vintage porno magazines, comics, cartoons and video games. She has a deep undeniable attraction to these forms of pop culture. The characters in her drawings are endearing while exploring perversity, humor, and awkward moments.

Dessarae Bassil lives in Gainesville, FL. She studied art and fashion design at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and at Parsons in NYC. This is her first solo exhibition.