New York

Ronnie Bass

1-20 Gallery

Ronnie Bass’s solo debut at I-20 Gallery featured all the conventions of an epic story but none of the connective tissue. The recondite, messianic narrative—involving, it seemed, a boy, his band, intergalactic travel, and a vague accident featuring an industrial-grade spiral dough hook—was told across two video installations, sculptures, oil paintings, and a small photograph printed on canvas. The overall effect was compellingly dreamy and fragmented, but also at times murky and uneven—the ingredients for an aesthetic vision rather than a coherent statement.

Bass’s videos are often set in a particular time and place. (“Catastrophe,” 2005, an intriguing series made in collaboration with artist Tommy Hartung, is set in New York in the months closely preceding and following the 9/11 attacks.) His videos, which typically feature Bass as the principal, or only, character, read as allegories for

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