We are so excited for BASK (a.k.a. Ales Hostomsky) who just had his work featured in Iron Man 3! HOLLA! Just about the coolest commission evah! He got an email from a friend saying that she needed some street art for a back drop for one of the films she was working on… which just happened to be Iron Man 3! And if that wasn’t rad enough, Robert Downing, Jr. himself said he wanted BASK’s work, specifically, in the film. “I started tripping over myself to get to the phone,” Bask says. He was asked to do a recreation of his 2004 painting, When It Rains, It Pours for Tony Stark’s laboratory as well as 13 other paintings to adorn the Mandarin’s lair, Stark’s media-manipulating nemesis played by none other than Ben Kingsley.
1AM Gallery will be hosting a BASK solo show called “Übermensch” which depicts children painted as superheroes using a street and urban art aesthetic. Growing up, the concept of GOD as a form of salvation seemed foreign, however, like many of us, the thought of obtaining a super power and becoming a super-man or ““Übermensch” as termed by Friedrich Nietzsche, was something he could relate to. BASK’s paintings of children’s costumes juxtaposed with the iconic comic book images of his youth remind us of the fantastical imaginings of being super heroes that we used as an escape from the trial and tribulations of our childhood. This concept and fresh street aesthetic is what landed him Robert Downing, Jr’s endorsement for Iron Man 3. Check out BASK’s original artwork for the film here.