Pound & A Bear Hug

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CASS presents 'Pound & A Bear Hug' featuring work by Tes One & Ales "Bask" Hostomsky. Opening reception is April 24, 2015 from 7-10pm. RSVP to info@casscontemporary.com


Celebrating 10 years of collaboration, Florida-based artists Bask & Tes One revisit their seminal Pound and a Bear Hug exhibition with an all-new collection of paintings, prints and installations.

From a small crew of writers formed in the 90’s, grew unique and signature artistic styles for the two artists. The first Pound and a Bear Hug exhibition opened to a wide reception at Tampa’s Covivant Gallery in 2005, and would become the first of many collaborations; propelling their works around the world, inside galleries and outside of convention.

10 Year later - Pound and a Bear Hug returns to Tampa, with a carefully intersecting body of work that is both autobiographical in meaning and collective in purpose. Please join the artists at the opening reception on Friday, April 24th at CASS Contemporary.


BASK | Bask is the moniker of one, Ales “Bask” Hostomsky, who along with his parents emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Florida and began to soak up America’s popular iconic imagery along with the sun. The artist’s richly textural work imbue his “anti-iconic,” sometimes satirical worldview with an undercurrent of dark emotion. Combining his graphic skill with his trademark multi-layered applications, Bask builds up the surface only to break down the image.

TES ONE | Combining traditional and non-traditional techniques, Leon “Tes One” Bedore creates works of art that contrast nature with technology, grime with grace. Allowing himself to find beauty in the mundane, he is able to juxtapose rejected landscapes with figurative illustrations, all the while identifying what is common between the conversing elements. These opposing forces coexist to create paintings that are both symbolic and metaphorical. Tes One’s conceptual paintings are assembled from the foundation up; color and cast blanket organic substrates. Incorporating movement within his work brings his energy and message to the viewer, emotions envelope and hold focus.
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