Needles (In Anticipation of the Fall), 2005 - Hernan Bas
About the Work
About Needles (In Anticipation of the Fall)
Representative of Hernan Bas's interest in Gothic youth, the subject of this print is an androgynous waif: a fairy-like, shirtless boy mysteriously knitting in the forest. The relationship between lonely man and untamed nature is a common theme in Bas's work.
About the Artist
About Hernan Bas
Known for work that is darkly playful and melancholic, Detroit-based artist Hernan Bas often employs references to literature, from Moby Dick to the Hardy Boys ...Read More
Known for work that is darkly playful and melancholic, Detroit-based artist Hernan Bas often employs references to literature, from Moby Dick to the Hardy Boys to French Romantic writing, reimagining the texts through the figure of the young homosexual dandy. He often employs Gothic themes, combinations of romance and horror that are wrought with a sexual tension that conveys quiet emotion as opposed to hyper-eroticism. In each work, Bas tells a tale that illustrates an intense sensitivity toward his subject. The mood of his artworks allude to aspects of Decadence—a movement associated with Oscar Wilde and artists who favored art and artifice over Romantic description—as well as nihilism, the philosophical belief that all values are baseless. In Bas’s own words, "What's the harm in signing over your soul for the sake of love if you don't believe in hell, or if you do, you'll be going there anyway for kissing boys?”
Bas has had solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, and the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. His work has also been widely exhibited in group exhibitions, including shows at the Venice Biennale, the Busan Biennale, the Aspen Art Museum, and the Whitney Biennial, among many others.Read Less
DescriptionSingle color etching.
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