Victoria Miro premieres work directly from the studios of Jules de Balincourt, Hernan Bas, María Berrío, Secundino Hernández, Chantal Joffe, Isaac Julien, Chris Ofili, Celia Paul and Sarah Sze. These new pieces will be shown alongside notable works by Milton Avery, Elmgreen & Dragset, Alex Hartley, Ilse D’Hollander, Idris Khan, Yayoi Kusama, Howardena Pindell, Tal R, Do Ho Suh, Adriana Varejão and Francesca Woodman.
Works include a new painting, The talking walls of Haile Homestead, 2020, by Hernan Bas. The artist shares the story behind his large-scale painting, featuring a former cotton plantation in Florida that is now a historic building known for its ‘talking walls’ – thousands of notes and drawings that cover the majority of the interior:
‘These started quite simply when Ms Haile ran out of paper and began making notations in pencil on the bare walls of the home. The practice evolved over the years, with guests signing their names etc. To date, nearly 12,000 annotations have been documented. Some are humorous, as in the case where the cutlery is counted out (as seen in a detail of the painting) and the recurring reminder to buy a pad of paper. Other notes include reminders for weddings, recipes, a recounting of how to mix rat poison, as well as bizarre portraits and random drawings of Swiss army knives. Although 90 percent of the images in the painting are directly quoted from the actual markings made by the family, I have taken creative license in their placement on the wall, compiling a sort of “greatest hits”.
As for the characters, I’m starting a series on the idea of “Florida Field trips”. Being dragged to odd locations (most are odd, this is Florida, after all) was something I took for granted as a child in grade school in North Florida before I moved to Miami. I imagine that the pair in the painting have been partnered to write an essay on the trip.’
Image: Hernan Bas, The talking walls of Haile Homestead (Florida Field trip) (detail), 2020
Acrylic, distemper and graphite on linen
183 x 152 cm
72 1/8 x 59 7/8 in
© Hernan Bas, courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro