Pound and a Bear Hug: New Works by Bask & Tes One


CASS Contemporary Presents:
Pound and a Bear Hug: An Exhibition of New Works by Bask and Tes One

by Frank Forte

EXHIBITION: Through June 6th, 2015

CASS Contemporary
2722 S MacDill Ave.
Tampa, FL 33629

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 ’90s, 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 Years 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.


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.

Bask "Rest"
Bask "Permanent Ink"
“Permanent Ink”
Bask "My Name Is"
“My Name Is”
Bask "I'm Lovin' It"
“I’m Lovin’ It”
Bask "Facts"
Bask "Dreams"
Bask "Destroy Date"
“Destroy Date”
Bask "Cops Can't Dance"
“Cops Can’t Dance”


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.

“Target Demo Side A”
Prism 1
“Prism 1”
Meal Ticket
“Meal Ticket”
“Root System”
“Reflective Practice”
No Show
“No Show”
“Message in a Bottle”
Last Resort
“Last Resort”
Bear with Me
“Bear with Me”
By a Thread
“By a Thread”
Beneath the Surface
“Beneath the Surface”

CASS Contemporary

CASS Contemporary is a Tampa-based art gallery presenting various exhibitions throughout the year from emerging and established artists. In addition to assisting clients in selecting and purchasing artwork, the CASS mission is to provide a space for individuals to view and appreciate an array of art and engage in the art community. If you have any questions or would like to request media related material, please contact Holly Clifford, Press Marketing, Phone: 404.668.7733 • Email: holly@thisispress.com


BASK prints: http://www.casscontemporary.com/editions/bask-criminal-patterns

Frank Forte Bio

Frank Forte is an accomplished designer, storyboard artist and comic book artist. He has worked in animation for feature films, TV and gaming. Some of the shows Frank has worked on include: Bob’s Burgers, Despicable Me 2, Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Heroes 4D, Lego Hero Factory, Lego Bionicle: The Legend Reborn, Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi, Re-Animated Pilot (Out of Jimmy’s Head), The Mr. Men Show, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (DVD-2009), Lego Clutch Powers 4D ride at Legoland and Lego Atlantis. He co-created The Cletus and Floyd Show with Gene McGuckin, a tribute to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones. Robert S. Rhine and Frank Forte created the pilot episode of Sickcom the Animated Series, which was sold to Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival Of Animation in 2003.


In Frank’s spare time he paints. Recent shows include Laluzapalooza 2015 and Laluzapalooza Jury Winners Group Show 2015 at La Luz De Jesus Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Villains of Animation at Van Eaton Galleries (Sherman Oaks, CA). Past shows include the CATZ Group Show at LTD. Gallery in Seattle, WA and the 6×6 group Show at The Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA. His art has been exhibited at Cannibal Flower (Los Angeles) and the Animation Guild Gallery 839 (North Hollywood).

Frank is also the publisher at Asylum Press, a publishing company that produces premium comic books and graphic novels within the horror, science fiction, and action genres.


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