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Math Bass

Bio

Born from a space in between, an intuitive space that enables organic yet composed productions, there is a sense of the liminal in Math Bass’s work. On a sculptural set made of ladders and cinder blocks, performers act out different phases of physical and emotional transformation in Brutal Set. A meditation on bodies absorbed in stillness, language serves as both image and object as voices interact with set pieces. This new work is the latest of Bass’s innovative performances that negotiate bodies in space. Bass’s practice encompasses a range of genres and tendencies, from the sculptural to the sonic, but all rely on the structures of performance. In this way, the distinctions between object, subject, performer, and performance remain fluid. Many of her works stem from a single distant image in her mind and are unconcerned with adhering to a straightforward logic. Duration is also tends to be organic, the beginning and end of a performance are ambiguous and indistinguishable.

Gallery

Math Bass

Math Bass. Dogs and Fog, 2011. Performance at Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, July 17, 2011. Photograph by Ben Godard. Courtesy the artist.

Math Bass

Math Bass. Dogs and Fog, 2011. Performance at Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, July 17, 2011. Photograph by Ben Godard. Courtesy the artist.

Math Bass

Math Bass. Dogs and Fog, 2011. Performance at Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles, July 17, 2011. Photograph by Ben Godard. Courtesy the artist.

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Math Bass. Pass the Line, 2011. Two-channel video, color, sound. 12:00 min. Installation view, UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles. Photograph by Eden Batki. Courtesy the artist.

Math Bass

Math Bass. leaning against the wall and falling on the floor, 2011. Mixed media installation. Dimensions variable. Installation view, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist.

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Math Bass. Body No Body Body, 2012. Latex paint on canvas and wood. Installation view, Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist. Photo by A.L. Steiner.