Artist of the Week: Andrés Basurto
Naturaleza muerta (still life) by Andrés Basurto, 2010, Broken bottles and epoxy putty
At first consideration, the sculptural pieces of Andrés Basurto seem to be inspired by Día de los Muertos sugar skull decorations and memento mori. The works have a background in these elements and are also more personal to the artist, who clarified he is not religious, and the art is about using materials that are a part of his life, transforming them so that the glass bottles he had drank from in life is more than passing ephemera. Isn’t the hope one’s art will matter more that passing ephemera and have an enduring presence what all artists want for their life’s work?
I filmed some views of Andrés Basurto’s work in 2010 and 2011 and spoke with him briefly in the latter year in the interview video below. He take such care in the construction of each piece and speaks about his preference for having them mounted as wall displays, showing the cast shadows and light passing through the pieces.
Andrés Basurto has gallery representation through Antena Estudio in Mexico City whose website has appeared and disappeared like a mirage in the desert. You can see some more images of his work at Lyons Wier Gallery here.
Día de los Muertos sugar skulls.