Ten Thousand Waves - Issac Julien / Yayoi Kusama / The Hallucinations of Poets - Hernan Bas
The Victoria Miro Gallery is one of our favourites in London in terms of spatial quality. Converted from an old warehouse to the current gallery complex by Claudio Silvestrin & Michael Dain Architects, this week the gallery opens a trio show with three artists showing works in 3 types of media in 3 distinctive spaces within their premise.
Once you walked into the gallery, you would find the works of Hernan Bas in the ground floor showspace and the upper level attic. The colours and landscape background in Hernan's paintings blend in very well with the attic's exposed timber frames. In this show, the paintings are all subjected with young men isolated in a gloomy grotesque landscape settings, but highlighted with sparkling or colo. They evoke a sense of "Dark Romantics", as the gallery press release says.
Hernan Bas's paintings shown at the attic (as well as the ground floor gallery space which inter-connect with the attic by a void)
The insertion of young man into bizarre landscape settings create a tense yet interesting image
Previous dialogue with Hernan Bas in New York:
A Conversation with Hernan Bas at the Brooklyn Museum in 02.2009
Outside the building lie the wild flowers by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Contrary to her previous work in the same space, this time she is as pop as ever and the 3 flora installations have definitely spiced up the calm backgarden. The presence of real nature provides an even-more contrasting aspect of the pseudo-nature (or mutated-nature) in Yayoi's works.
Yayoi Kusama's "Flowers that Bloom Tomorrow" negotiating with the private view crowd
The signature 'pop' of Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama - I Love ME trailer by jpop4america:
At the top floor studio where the space is reduced to the minimal white walls, framless glazing and timber flooring; 9 photographs taken in the making of Issac Julien's film "Ten Thousand Waves" are displayed. The photographs have a very engineered feel with its glossy surface and the very subject of a movie set (the green screen, the ancient costume etc.), which re-inforce the artificiality of the minimal space they are situated.
Looking down the narrow staircase from top floor dance studio
Glass House (Ten Thousand Waves) by Issac Julien, 2010
A previous film by Issac:
"Baltimore by Issac Julien" by Alavaraoa
It is an enjoyable visit which shows the power of well-executed curatorship.
Full photo set
Further Readings -
Page: Wikipedia entry for Hernan Bas
Page: Hernan Bas introduced by Saatchi Gallery
Page: Official page of Ten Thousand Waves
And a side note - londonist has started a series called London Street Art Guide. Stik, Eine & CitizenKane are so far featured -
For unknown reason, we can't quite find episode 2 of the series in the website.