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Hernan Bas

Daniel Reich Gallery

Sometimes sadomasochistically charged, but more often suggesting the listless longeurs of love gone bad or unrequited lust, Hernan Bas’s new paintings continue to map a fantastical narrative territory populated exclusively by wan, usually male adolescents. Working on wood panels with a mixture of water-based oil, gouache, and acrylic—sometimes adulterated with glitter and tiny stones—Bas depicts a couple in a graveyard preparing to carry out a suicide pact (The Lovers of Lyons) (all works 2004); what might be the aftermath of a double murder (The Kept Boy); and a bunker or mine filled with fencers (For You It Has Come to This).

The twenty-six-year-old artist, whose work was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, also offers a tweaked take on Romanticism in several paintings of lone young men communing with a vaguely Disneyfied, Technicolor nature. While in the past Bas has based

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