Hernan Bas: Memphis Living (Paintings)
An exhibition featuring a series of new paintings and works on paper, and coinciding with the publication by Rizzoli, New York of HERNAN BAS: a lavish monograph that is the most comprehensive publication devoted to the artist's career to date. With over 200 colour plates and with texts by Christian Rattemeyer, Jonathan Griffin, and an interview with Nancy Spector.
For his fourth show with the gallery, Bas extends his long interest in and exploration of the decorative arts, in particular rethinking and examining unique interiors. In past paintings he has taken inspiration from design classics such as J.M. Whistler's renowned 19th century Peacock Room. For this new body of work Bas fast-forwards to the 1980s, the decade of the artist's youth. Memphis Living is an homage to the designs of the short-lived Memphis Group founded in Milan by architect and designer Ettore Sottsass, designs Bas first encountered predominantly through their pop cultural references and simulations, and which he only later came to know as an aesthetic movement. Memphis styles became firmly rooted in Bas' pre-teenage subconsciousness, attesting to the prevalence of the "Memphis look" on the big and small screen in films like Tim Burton's Beetlejuice or kids' TV show Pee-wee's Playhouse.