Bas Oussoren presents humorous situations that reinterpret the banality of the everyday. In his works the spectator always appears late to the party; the story has already been told or the punchline already delivered. This way, Oussoren undermines the clear distinction between fiction and reality, dropping the spectator between the material residues of a fictional situation. The artist makes his own world with internal logics and humour as building blocks. But while the humour seems personal at first, it also requires our collective understanding in order to be funny.
For Oussoren, the crucial part of his work takes place in the conversion from object to art: the ability to reinterpret those things that are so obvious that we do not even care to look at them, but that are so wonderful they need no transformation at all.
Tekst by Menno Vuister
Based in Utrecht, The Netherlands