5/06/2009

Hernan Bas at The Brooklyn Museum



Hernan Bas' body of work displays a bridge between the staged journalism of consciously stylish pop art developed by artists like Elizabeth Peyton and the hyperrealism of Peter Doig and Neo Rauch. The works are both transportive and illusory. His hand is sometimes graphic yet painterly. The romantic atmosphere surrounds artifacts of the dandified sexuality and kitsch juvenile adolescence of The Hardy Boys. He describes his work in an abstract for Saatchi Gallery:
Heavily influenced by The Decadence period of literature, Hernan Bas’s paintings are inspired by well-worn pages of Wilde and Huysmans. “Why does homosexuality seem to make you pre-disposed to liking these things?” Bas questions. “As a result this work is tainted with Saint Sebastian martyr types, dying dandies and peacock feathers, all the materials that dictate a certain queer vocabulary."
The current exhibition at The Brooklyn Museum contains works from several series including The Great Barrier Wreath drawing from the spirit of Hieronymus Bosch and Picasso's blue period. It's a recapitulation of pre-Modernist painting from a very postmodern perspective. The artist succeeds in portraying a world filled with danger, young lust, and cultic mystery.




The exhibition at The Brooklyn Museum is up currently and ends May 24th.

4 comments:

Cillian said...

Yet another reason I should be in Brooklyn - these are breathtaking.

/Male Mode.

Ian Brown said...

Yeah you should visit the city there's a lot of great things going on.

Paige said...

Cool. I really like these. Will have to go check it out.

Lucas said...

The paintings are all full of meaning, thought I never into this craft and never understand the specific message of each paintings, I've read lots of feedback about this exhibit and have seen it for myself. - juicy couture daydreamer