I Melt in Your Presence

Baseman’s I Melt in Your Presence exhibition opened in 2007 at Modernism in San Francisco, California. With influences such as Hieronymous Bosch and Day of the Dead imagery mixed with a certain sensibility of cute Japanese pop art and Americana, Baseman’s paintings with their pretty palettes of pinks, oranges and blues, and cute cartoonish characters frolicking about, momentarily distract us from their dark, emotional symbolism.

In his work Baseman seeks to discover “some small human truth, something about the human condition.” What hits him the deepest are the personal themes of desire, longing and control, and aspects of value and worth.

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