Press Release - "Shamans Death" a solo exhibition by Basil Kincaid


Shamans Death
Basil Kincaid

Opening Reception: Saturday June 15th, 12-10pm.
Music Performance: 3-4pm
Artist Talk:  Saturday, June 15th at 4pm.
Showing Through: Friday, July 5th, 2019

1523 b Webster St. Oakland, CA 94612

pt.2 Gallery is pleased to present “Shamans Death” a solo exhibition by Basil Kincaid opening Saturday, June 15th in Downtown Oakland. The exhibition will feature a new series of tapestry sculptures, drawings, and installation elements by the St. Louis based artist. pt.2 gallery is located at 1523 b Webster St. and is just blocks away from both 12th & 19th St Bart Stations. Opening receptions at pt.2: are always free and open to the public. To receive a preview of the exhibition please contact Basil Kincaid will also be on a panel talk about the exhibition at MoAD in San Francisco, June 16th 3-5pm with Muzae Sesay and MoAD curator Emily Kuhlmann.

I view death as a creative opportunity for new life. A couple of years ago, I took an honest look within myself and in this self observation did not like a lot of what I saw. Secret keeping, fearful, romanticizing my various struggles to externalize blame, insecure, and malnourished, this reflection had to change. I had hit my own rock bottom and at that moment knew something. “This Version of you Must die”. The development of this body of work mirrors my own personal journey into self evolution as it opens into my next Life. This body of work explores entirely new forms, as the quilts come off of the wall, dancing in space, arial works drape and stretch, singing their way to the floor to pool and rise. A driving concept here is the illusion of diversity and the falsehood of individuation. I am focusing my intention on developing emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually, the materials used here are intimate materials from my life, they house the memory, the sweat, the eye rain, and pain from this phase in my journey and in their reconstitution comes to mirror my new “body”. How does one kill themself without dying? It is by taking the knife to the neck of each behavior that piles muck on the resplendent black light of your true being. - Basil Kincaid


Basil Kincaid, b. 1986 is a Post Disciplinary artist from St. Louis Missouri. Kincaid studied Drawing and Painting at Colorado College, graduating in 2010. Kincaid has exhibited work in New York, Miami, Boston, San Francisco, and with Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago. Kincaid has exhibited work internationally in Malmö Sweden, Taipei Taiwan, Montpellier France, And Accra Ghana. Kincaid also has work in the JP Morgan Permanent art Collection. Upcoming Kincaid will debut their first museum performance at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis MO. Kincaid's work focuses primarily on Legacy, Heritage, Reclamation, Healing, Labor, and Self Mastery