Michele Basora featured in Creem Mag

This article about Michele's Basora's current show was published on Creem Magazine's website:


Written by Alisha Trimble 

What inhabits the void? In the darkness when we close our eyes, as in the closing door of a wardrobe, there opens a passage into our psyche. The dreams we experience while our bodies rest and repair during the hours of darkness are a significant source of imagery and thought. What we see, feel and sense while navigating our dreams are like fables whose consequences are too cryptic for us to discern.

It’s easy to get lost in the vespertine dreamscapes of Michele Basora’s Out of the Sea and Into the Woods, a series of surreal oil paintings and works on paper. The hybrid flora and fauna coexist within mysterious portraiture.  Shadow figures and stylized motifs coil fingers around a gaunt porcelain dream subject in Delites Of The She, and a swan feeds a lady from their bill into her pink lips in Tea Time.

Gitana Rosa commences their second gallery location, now in Chelsea with this two part exhibition by Basora. Owned by Vanessa Liberati, who established the original Gitana Rosa on Hope Street in Williamsburg, the gallery’s programming concentrates on “eco-socio-political art with a strong focus on surrealists and emerging to mid-level career artists.” Vanessa’s ideology and work ethic has sustained Gitana Rosa successfully over several years.

With the addition of exhibition space in Manhattan’s go-to neighborhood for art collectors, Vanessa’s plans for the Hope Street location are fluid. She aims to fill a void for conscious culture as well as developing a range of artist amenities.  The project space currently provides specialty printing for artists. The gallery’s Epson 9900 printer is available for use, offering the choice of eco-friendly canvas and paper. On-board with the current demand for art production, Vanessa says, “We are also taking on new artist exclusives for products and editions through Gitana Rosa.”

Guests are welcome to attend both parts of the exhibition as they celebrate the Armory as well as their subsequent opening receptions. Both exhibitions will remain on view through April 13 during gallery hours.