April 15, 2009
Dandies, Pansies and Prudes
The Brooklyn Museum currently has a show of works by Hernan Bass from the Rubell Family Collection. I got to see this same body of work while visiting the Rubell Collection during Art Basel Miami in 2007. It was a truly "artpup" style of discovery. Going in to the show, I did not know who he was, and what to expect, but came out pleasantly surprised and inspired.
The Miami show was aptly named "Dandies, Pansies and Prudes", that included paintings, sculpture, installation and video, with gay themes that connected historical and literary influences to his personal experience in a contemporary context.
Some of the work had allegorical references to the sea, including tortoise shells and mermaids, most likely to be influenced by his native Miami.
I really enjoyed his work because it was very personal. I got a good glimpse into his world without knowing him. He shared his innermost feelings, his fantasies, desires, fears and his longings in a melancholic style that made it easy to relate to.
I hope to see more of his work in the future.