Hernan Bas "The Dance of the Machine Gun & other forms of unpopular expression"

Lehmann Maupin (201 Chrystie Street)

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Bas continues to indulge his fascination with the history of painting, fantastical tales of the supernatural and Neo-Gothic romanticism to form a new series of paintings. He has moved away from the decadent dandies of earlier series towards fertile landscapes populated with exotic creatures and waifish adventurers. His dark and melancholy palettes have given way to lush vivid colors, yet continue to extol the escapist fantasies and rich narratives seen in his early career.

The show's title, "The Dance of the Machine Gun & other forms of unpopular expression" references the "Futurist Manifesto" by F.T. Marinetti the Italian poet, editor and founder of the Futurist movement. The possibility for new ideas and ways of thinking that evolve from the absurd encapsulate Bas' thinking behind the entire body of work, and he takes as his point of departure the absinthe induced writings and absurdist theatre concocted by Alfred Jarry. His paintings of immense scale conjure a complex visual dialogue referencing Dada, Futurism, Surrealism, and early Russian theater. In "Ubu Roi", Jarry's irrational main character Ubu, leads a group of dancing followers through a scene reminiscent of Russian Futurist stage design, flat cubist abstraction and the illustrated tales of Hans Christian Andersen. It is a world rich with the history of his predecessors, yet a vision of possibilities that is inherently Bas's own.



from April 23, 2009 to July 10, 2009

Opening Reception on 2009-04-23 from 18:00 to 20:00


Hernan Bas

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    TheArtCollectors: (2009-05-16 at 20:05)

    The young, Miami-based artist, Hernan Bas, is currently exhibiting at two notable New York venues, with a solo gallery show at Lehmann Maupin (on view through July 10) and a more substantial survey spanning the last decade, at The Brooklyn Museum (closes May 24). Together, the two exhibits reflect a stylistic and referential shift for Bas....[Visit TheArtCollectors for extensive photo recap]

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