Hernan Bas: “Insects from Abroad”
The American painter Hernan Bas’ first exhibition in Japan is packed with symbolism, rich tones and colorful characters. With his work taking inspiration from literary masters including Oscar Wilde, this exhibition shows a series of portraits of young men captured in a timeless period between adulthood and adolescence. Bas uses descriptions of exotic insects from an 1874 book to title the series of work, combining the flamboyance and effeminacy of 19th century dandies, which he sees reflected in aspects of Japanese male subcultures such as visual kei. The exhibition is intended to introduce a Japanese audience to his work whilst exploring ideas of otherness, sexuality, attraction and repulsion.