Hernan Bas: The Conceptualists

18 November 2022–14 January 2023
16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW

Victoria Miro is delighted to present The Conceptualists, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Hernan Bas.

Hernan Bas is celebrated for works that, permeated by an aura of eroticism and decadence and loaded with codes and double-meanings, point to the intricacies of self-identity while celebrating moments of transformation – the ordinary becoming extraordinary. While earlier paintings hinge on characters with nascent identities and burgeoning interests, the works in this exhibition follow a new theme, in which Bas’ protagonists engage in a variety of obsessive pursuits that, deemed strange under everyday circumstances, might be rationalised or even championed when considered as ‘conceptual art’.

The exhibition is accompanied by a new, limited-edition publication featuring a collaboration between the artist and writer Linda Yablonsky, who has crafted a series of stories around each Conceptualist.

 

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Hernan 1

Acrylic on linen
243.8 x 213.4 cm
96 x 84 in

Hernan Bas, Conceptual Artist #9 (Performance based, his work is tied to the binds of gravity), 2022

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‘Over the past two or three years I’ve begun to notice an odd theme emerging among the paintings in the studio. I realised that what the characters were engaging in could easily pass as being a visualisation of the work of a conceptual artist.’ — Hernan Bas


Hernan 2

Acrylic, genuine silver and metal leaf, ink transfer, silkscreen, and Dr. Ph.Martin’s Radiant Concentrated Water Color on linen
Diptych, each panel:
243.8 x 213.4 cm
96 x 84 in

Hernan Bas, Conceptual Artist #7 (A Warhol enthusiast, his 26th studio mate completes the story), 2022

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‘In the past, my characters seemed to occupy an often described limbo, but it feels to me now that they have entered into a phase of self-acceptance.’


Hernan 3

Acrylic on linen
183.5 x 152.7 cm
72 1/4 x 60 1/8 in

Hernan Bas, Conceptual Artist #13 (Founder and sole member of the BUZZ OFF INITIATIVE, he spends his nights mailing everyone in his zip code a single dead fly), 2022

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Acrylic on linen
183.5 x 152.7 cm
72 1/4 x 60 1/8 in

Hernan Bas, Conceptual Artist #11 (Performance based, his work centres on discomfort), 2022

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Hernan 4

Acrylic and silkscreen on linen
243.8 x 213.4 cm
96 x 84 in

Hernan Bas, Conceptual Artist #6 (By combining different grave rubbings he invents lives that never existed), 2022

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‘Their unusual interests aren’t in the shadows anymore, and they appear to be comfortable in their curious self-made worlds.’


Hernan 6

Acrylic, glass beads and natural sand on linen
183.5 x 152.7 cm
72 1/4 x 60 1/8 in

Hernan Bas, Conceptual Artist #10 (A sand sculptor and environmentalist, he exclusively carves scenes of mass ‘beachings’), 2022

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Acrylic on linen
183.5 x 152.7 cm
72 1/4 x 60 1/8 in

Hernan Bas, Conceptual Artist #12 (Both culinary and time-based, he refrains from enjoying his favourite recipes until the main ingredient recycles itself), 2022

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Hernan 5

Ink and gold leaf transfer on paper
76.3 x 57.4 cm
30 x 22 5/8 in

Hernan Bas, A pigeon portraitist, his subjects are trained to deliver the work themselves, 2022

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Ink and gold leaf transfer of paper
76.3 x 57.6 cm
30 x 22 5/8 in

Hernan Bas, Conceptual Artist #5 [version 1] (A budding gilder, his dying houseplants get the Midas touch), 2022

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Hernan 7

Acrylic on linen
183.5 x 152.7 cm
72 1/4 x 60 1/8 in

Hernan Bas, Conceptual Artist #3 (Chewing gum every waking hour of the day, he considers ‘Bubblegum Alley’ his archive), 2022

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Acrylic on linen
183.5 x 152.7 cm
72 1/4 x 60 1/8 in

Hernan Bas, Conceptual Artist #8 (Land-based and intentionally ephemeral, his work aided by a trusted bag of food colouring elevates rural puddles), 2022

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‘The humour I hope these works convey is intentional… I don’t consider my series of paintings to be a parody, but I have enjoyed the liberty of making portraits of artists who, while taking themselves seriously, might concede they’re being quite “clever”.’


Hernan 8

Acrylic and genuine gold leaf on linen
183.5 x 152.7 cm
72 1/4 x 60 1/8 in

Hernan Bas, Conceptual Artist #5 (A budding gilder, his dying houseplants get the Midas touch), 2022

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Acrylic on linen
183.5 x 152.7 cm
72 1/4 x 60 1/8 in

Hernan Bas, Conceptual Artist #4 (Objectively neutral, each January he re-paints the walls of his studio an official ‘Colour of the Year’), 2022

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About the artist

Hernan Bas, born in Miami, Florida in 1978, lives and works in Miami. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at Space K, Seoul, Korea; CAC Málaga, Spain; Kunstverein Hannover, Germany; the Rubell Museum, Miami, USA and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA. A collection display of works by the artist was recently on view at the Rubell Museum.

His work has also been shown as part of significant exhibitions at the Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; the Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA; Busan Biennale, Korea; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany; the Whitney Biennial; and the Venice Biennale as part of The Collectors, conceived by Elmgreen & Dragset for the Nordic and Danish Pavilions in 2009.

Works by the artist are included in the collections of MoMA; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Hirshhorn; MOCA Los Angeles; SFMoMA; MFA Houston; the Rubell Family Collection, among others.


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