Can you hear me now? Detail of The Loveliest Song, 2003. (Photos by C-M.)
For a coupla years now, I’ve been seeing Hernan Bas’s work on my regular sojourns to Miami — principally at the frigid concrete warehouses that are home to the Snitzer Gallery and the Rubell Collection, where the artist had a massive solo exhibit in time for Art Basel in late 2007. But last night, I saw the paintings — which marry pop sensibilities with florid 19th century romance — completely anew in the Brooklyn Museum, where the wood floors and deft lighting gave the work an added weight and drama. In addition, someone was bright enough to put a bench in Bas’s room-sized video installation Ocean’s Symphony, which, with its floating mermaids and gently bubbling water, is one exemplary piece of stonerrific distraction.
Hernan Bas: Works from the Rubell Family Collection is up through May 24.
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Bas discusses his seminal influences: soap operas and Iron Maiden. Hell yeah!!
For more on Bas, check out the miamiHeights documentary-in-progress online. Plus: Video of Bas’s conversation with the Brooklyn’s Charles Desmarais.