Hernan Bas Brings His “Erotic Nostalgia” to a Special Series of Etchings
This work, from the series 'Memphis Living' is an homage to the energetic designs of the Memphis Group, a short-lived Italian design group active in the 1980s, whose aim was to subvert Modernist conventions of good taste with flamboyant pattern, colour, graphic form and frequently humour.
—Courtesy of Whitechapel Gallery
Signature: Signed 'HB 14'on the lower left corner (recto)
Image rights: Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery
Victoria Miro Gallery, 2014
Victoria Miro Gallery
Inspired by literary sources including Arthur Rimbaud, Oscar Wilde, and Joris-Karl Huysmans, Hernan Bas paints boys on the threshold of sexual self-discovery. Located in lush, gothic landscapes and painted with abundant brushstrokes of synthetic colors, Bas’s delicate, androgynous subjects experience a range of passions. For Tapestry (2005), Bas created a dyed wool carpet depicting a young man languishing in a swan-led boat, a classically romantic motif rendered in the style of digital images in a caustic mix of purples and greens.
America, b. 1978, Miami, Florida