pt.2 Gallery presents Shamans Death, a solo exhibition by Basil Kincaid opening Saturday, June 15th in Downtown Oakland. The exhibition features a new series of tapestry sculptures, drawings, and installation elements by the St. Louis-based artist.

From Basil Kincaid:
"I view death as a creative opportunity for a new life. A couple of years ago, I took an honest look within myself, and in this self-observation, I realized I didn't like a lot of what I saw. Secret keeping, feeling fearful and insecure, romanticizing my various struggles to externalize blame, and suffering from malnourishment, this reflection had to change. At that moment, I had hit my own rock bottom and knew, “This version of you must die." The development of this work mirrors my own personal journey through self-evolution as it opens into my next life. This body of work explores entirely new forms, with quilts dancing in space as they come off the wall and aerial works singing their way to the floor as they drape and stretch."

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"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 intimate materials from my life. They house the memory, sweat, eye rain, and pain from this phase of my journey, and their reconstitution reflects my new “body.” How does one kill oneself without dying? It is by taking a knife to the neck of each behavior that piles muck on the resplendent blacklight of your true being." -Basil Kincaid

Basil Kincaid's "Shamans Death" opens at pt.2 Gallery on June 15, 2019. In conjunction with Muzae Sesay's "Skeletons" exhibitionthere will be an opening reception from 12 pm to 10 pm, including a musical performance and a talk with the artist. "Shamans Death" will be on view through July 5, 2019.

pt.2 Gallery is located at 1523 b Webster St. and is just blocks away from both 12th & 19th Street Bart Stations. Opening receptions at pt.2 are always free and open to the public. To receive a preview of the exhibition please contact [email protected]. On June 16th, Basil Kincaid will be doing another talk with artist Muzae Sesay and curator Emily Kuhlmann at the MoAD in San Francisco, from 3 to 5 pm.