Tanya Leighton is proud to present Altered Future, a selection of new paintings, drawings and sculptures by artists from the gallery’s programme. Our present reality has taken a counterfactual turn. We are made unavoidably aware that the course of world events can be unexpectedly diverted, and that even apparently singular events are differently experienced by communities and consciousnesses. In Altered Future, intergenerational artistic voices reflect upon fragility, daring to imagine new landscapes of labour, desire, identity and community. The artworks are contextualised and elaborated through short videos and commissioned texts by art historians and critics including Shiva Balaghi, Sonja-Maria Borstner and Sabrina Tarasoff.
Up to this point, the method of image-making I had developed required a great deal of precision. The ‘Newz!’ paintings are hard-edged acrylic-based gouache on raw canvas (...) I am finding so much pleasure in working with this visual lexicon in oil as it is forgiving and leaves room for surprise. It has been deeply satisfying to witness a flat, flat language undergoing this dimensional shift.
–Math Bass In conversation with Eve Fowler Flash Art, February 2021
Math Bass (born in 1981 in New York City) is currently preparing their upcoming solo exhibition, ‘A picture stuck in the mirror’ at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, which will include a major kinetic installation alongside new paintings from the ‘Newz!’ series.
Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Desert Veins’ at Vielmetter, Los Angeles in 2021; ‘Fill It Up Silver’ at Various Small Fires, Seoul and ‘To Name a Few’ at Tanya Leighton, Berlin in 2019; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles in 2018; ‘Serpentine Door’ at Yuz Museum, Shanghai and ‘Crowd Rehearsal’ at the Jewish Museum, New York in 2017; and ‘Off the Clock’ at MoMA PS1, New York in 2015.
Bass’s work is included in the permanent collections of esteemed museums and collections worldwide, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Orlando; Kistefos Museum, Oslo; and Yuz Museum, Shanghai.