Virtual Composition & Negative Space
Isness 98, 48"x60" I often use negative space or blank canvas in my work as an integral part of the composition. Sometimes it is as important as the colored areas in the rest of the painting. Negative space can draw the eye to a particular section, balance the composition or simply allow the colors more space to breathe. Isness 5, 60"x48" You may notice in this work (Isness 5), how the lower blank area of the canvas is massive enough to balance the entire composition and form
Abstraction and Modern Art
I have chosen the abstract school of art as my main form of artistic expression. I personally believe that this school is of great importance in its impact on our modern times. Here I will share with you my perspective on this school of art which I have studied for many years and devoted myself wholly to its practice. Eventually I will delve deeper into the theories of abstract art in future articles. Isness 135, 48"x36" by Bassmi Abstract art is a new language of its own, wh
The Indwelling Observer...
“The only true self is the indwelling observer. It is totally intelligent, totally loving and has total wisdom.” – Bassmi Many of us go through life looking for our identity trying to figure out who we are. This is a futile practice like trying to grab the wind. The Tao puts it beautifully by presenting the idea that all there is, is the isness of being. To find our true self is to steer away from the ideas indoctrinated in us by our culture and seek the indwelling observer,
The Isness of Being
Over the past 15 years, I have created a large body of work entitled the Isness series. During this time, I have had several solo shows in different museums and art centers across the nation and have often been asked to explain what the word Isness means. The title Isness refers to a philosophy I call the Isness of Being. Several years ago I came across a small book entitled “An Introduction to the Tao” by Professor Alan Watts. In this book, Professor Watts tries to explain t