Bas Geerts this Year’s Artists in Residency at NARS Foundation
There is an unseen logic behind the random assemblages in the abstract paintings of Bas Geerts, a structure that governs the intertwining and reflecting forms that populate each painting’s surface. To create these works, Geerts begins not with a brush, but by writing a computer program. The program he creates then produces designs, randomizing the size and shape of geometric forms. He paints the computerized results in layers of metal leaf, pure pigments and acrylic paint. Though random by design, the pieces call to mind the order of nature, as in the patterns that govern the rippling of water or the growth of trees.
Bas Geerts (Leiden, 1971) is a visual artist and poet, who studied at the University of Amsterdam. His work has been shown in recent years in various group and solo exhibitions in countries such as Germany, England, Belgium and the Netherlands. His poetry has been published in magazines such as De Gids, nY and Tortuca.
The New York Art Residency and Studios (NARS) Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization committed to supporting artists and curators on an international level as well engaging the local community in Brooklyn and the Greater New York area. NARS provides an array of creative support services and professional development opportunities for emerging and mid-career artists through short-term integrated residency programs, affordable long-term studio spaces, progressive exhibition programs, international exchanges, and engaging public programs that foster global understanding and dynamic cross-cultural dialogues. These services operate in conjunction with our community outreach initiatives to promote greater accessibility to contemporary art for the under-served local community in south Brooklyn. Our mission is to present diverse platforms on which to nurture creative inspiration and innovative cross-pollination of ideas.