New York

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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