Pumpkinfest by Cory Basil

Join us in celebrating our favorite time of year!

Imaginebox Emporium will have a booth on Main Street in Downtown Franklin stocked with books and art prints, as well as original paintings and illustrations. Stop by, say hello, and pick up a few Holiday gifts for those on your list.

The fun begins tomorrow, Saturday, October 29th, at 10:00 am and continues until 6:00 pm.
Hope to see you there!

 

 

The Next Act. by Cory Basil

Photograph by Paul Moir

Photograph by Paul Moir

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players ... "

My latest creative venture has me returning to the realm of acting. I am honored to have been cast in a production titled Since I Suppose from Australia-based theatre company, One step at a time like this, under the direction of Suzanne Kersten. This piece is based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, a work which confronts morality and corruption within the city walls. 

I have leapt from a beautiful collaborative experience, creating on canvas with one of my favorite living artists Jimmy Abegg, into performing in this innovative theatre piece. My life is as much of a riddle to me as it is to you. Somewhere along the journey I learned to let go of the reigns and walk through every open door. Each day births something new, and for this I am indubitably grateful. 

For the next month you will find me writing my new book, usually at Frothy Monkey in Franklin, in the mornings, and performing on the streets of Nashville in Since I Suppose throughout the afternoon and well into the black of night. Odds are, I'll only be recognizable at Frothy Monkey. 
My gallery in Franklin, Imaginebox Emporium, will remain open during this time, maned by trustworthy cohorts. Fall hours are Friday and Saturday 11:00 - 4:00 PM. We will also be open tonight (Friday, October 7th) with wine, donuts, and my latest paintings for the Franklin Art Scene 6:00 - 9:00 PM.

What exactly is Since I Suppose? Well, it's a secret. It's an experience. It's Shakespeare without the twisted tongue. It's a journey throughout the city, literally. It will challenge your thinking, it will make you question your belief structure, it will make you uncomfortable ... and it may cause your skin to crawl. 
For one-hundred-and-forty minutes you are living inside of a movie, complete with soundtrack, ambiance, and plenty of suspense. It begins with an email instructing you to arrive at a specific location, upon arrival your world will change with a phone call.
Oh, and one more thing, it's one person at a time.

Without the love and passion of OZ Arts Nashville, our all-things-creative-and-cutting-edge spearhead, this production may have passed over Nashville – many thanks to the team over there. If you plan on attending, this show is 21+ due to adult themes. Dress for the weather and wear your walking shoes. Tickets start at $75.00 and can be purchased online by clicking HERE. Rumor has it there are just under 50 tickets remaining. 

Happy fall to you,
cB

 

A Bit o' Press: THE TENNESSEAN

Creating Fishboy, Part III by Cory Basil

Hello there!

Yes, Brian and I have finished our Fishboy sculpture. What a relief on all fronts. My body still doesn't know what to do with itself after the schedule and workload it has had to endure, in due time I hope to normalize.
Now then, Part III of the "Making of" series is here for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy the process as it shows us moving from final shaping of the foam, to the first layer of sealant, and on into fiberglass.

Cheers, and Happy 4th to you all!
cB

Creating Fishboy, Part II by Cory Basil

Greetings, Friends!

The 11th Hour is upon us. It is time to burn all candles at both ends if our sculpture is to meet the deadline. As promised, here is the next installment of Fishboy's creation process. You will see Brian and I working at breakneck speed, as hours fly by in milliseconds, via the beauty of time-lapse. I guesstimate there will be two more videos giving a glimpse of the process, followed by a look at him fully installed on site. Thank you for following along with me on this journey through another exciting creation!

Cheers,
cB

The Rebirth of Fishboy, the Sculpture. by Cory Basil

Greetings!

Cory here, it's been a long time coming, and we'd thought the opportunity had all but vanished, as our larger than life Fishboy sculpture was finally surrendered to be scrap for other works.
For just under two years he lay in pieces in the woods behind Brian's shop as we sought funding to give him a permanent home to be enjoyed by many. 

A temporary version of Fishboy was created by Brian Somerville and I from a small maquette sculpture I made out of clay. We worked at a maddening pace to finish him in two weeks time for my show titled Here Lies Cory Basil, which was put on by the wonderful art lovers at OZ Arts Nashville, a retrospective of sorts featuring a vast array of my creative endeavors. 

One month ago I received an unexpected phone call – in short, an opportunity to resurrect Fishboy. After much negotiation and planning I am beyond thrilled to announce that Fishboy, once completed, will have a permanent home in downtown Nashville. He will live at the all new First Tennessee Park, which houses baseball's Nashville Sounds. The Sounds are building a miniature golf course down the right field line and Fishboy will sit in view of the stadium seats at hole number eight, aptly titled, Fishboy's Perilous Putt. 

Brian and I are once again under the gun with a small window of time to complete Fishboy before the opening of the putting course. The old wooden frame had to be replaced with a steel one, causing a Frankenstein approach to piecing the styrofoam innards around his new skeleton. Once rebuilt, we must make ready for him to live outside and take a beating from the weather, small children, and adults with putters ... who've most likely consumed too much of the poison. 

I am documenting our construction of Fishboy with a GoPro, giving us a fun look at many, many hours of work in just seconds, via time-lapse. Check back with this News Feed and sign up for our mailing list to remain afloat on my creative stream.

And lastly, a question that I've been asked over and again since the release of The Perils of Fishboy: A Tale Split in Two ... WHERE IS BOOK TWO!?!?!

Yes, book two is written. It has been for some time now. Gifting you full disclosure: I made the decision to place it on hold while I sought out a larger platform for the Fishboy series to be released on. I want to give Fishboy the biggest reach possible. I have no problem with a small following of readers, I don't live my life seeking fame, however, as artists may grown on trees, money does not. And in order to continue living my life full throttle as a creative, and in order to continue writing the adventures of Fishboy, it must be financially beneficial. This journey, much like the sculpture, has had many highs, lows, and almosts – yet with perseverance I believe I will get there. And you will finally get book two, which is an incredible part of Fishboy's story. I love it so much and can't wait for you to drink it in. 

With that I bid you farewell, it's back to work for me. Thank you all for your love and support of this wild-child life of mine.

Much love,
cB

 

Post-script: I am happy to be working with Brian Somerville again, his brilliant creativity is matched by his professionalism and kindness. Be sure to visit Brian's website to see his amazing creations!
 www.claybeast.com

Cory Basil Opens Studio | Gallery in Historic Franklin Tennessee by Cory Basil

Fresh from his time living in Paris, Cory Basil celebrates his return to US soil by opening his studio and showroom to the public.

On the quiet fringe of Historic Franklin, next to the old City Cemetery, sits a cozy yellow house built in the thirties. Here’s where the artist and author Cory Basil creates as the clock spins from day to night, and back again. 

At Imaginebox Emporium you will find a plethora of original works, and most often times, Basil himself. The walls of the two main showrooms are filled with Basil’s creations, painted using multiple mediums, including watercolor, oil, and gauche.

Also on hand are various original sculpture works, high quality art prints, and Basil’s published works of literature and poetry, including The Perils of Fishboy and Everything You’ve Heard is True. Here, you can commission Basil to create a work of art that is fully unique and reflective of you or a loved one. Stop in and take home a treasure that’s all your own.

Imaginebox Emporium’s Summer hours are 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Thursday through Saturday. Basil is also happy to announce that Imaginebox Emporium has been added to the Downtown Franklin Art Scene, which takes place on the first Friday night of every month. The Emporium will also hold the occasional opening night events, both private and public, as new collections are unveiled. 

This Friday, May 6th, from 6 - 9 PM, during the Franklin Art Scene, marks the first opening of the doors to Imaginebox Emporium. You are invited to be the first to take in Historic Franklin’s newest art space. Come and visit a spell, enjoy a glass of wine, and purchase original art from Cory Basil. Imaginebox Emporium is located at 311 North Margin Street in Franklin, Tennessee

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