The exhibition, entitled Memphis Living, opens at London’s Victoria Miro gallery this weekend, and sees Bas exploring the designs that he says formed a backdrop for his youth.
‘Bas first encountered [the Memphis Group] predominantly through its pop cultural references and simulations, and only later recognised it as an aesthetic movement’, says Victoria Miro Gallery.
‘Memphis style became firmly rooted in Bas’ pre-teenage sub consciousness, attesting to the prevalence of the “Memphis look” on the big and small screen in films like Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice or kid’s TV show Pee-wee’s Playhouse.’
The paintings shown at Memphis Living show their subjects in a very Memphis Group-shaped world, surrounded by the bold colours and sculptural forms that exemplified its aesthetic.
‘In my opinion, living ‘Memphis’ means more than a love of bright colours, pattern and uncomfortable seating’, says Bas.
‘It was an impassioned moment, now quietly spoken…. I hope it will be finally recognized as a daring, bold-formed and wildly influential moment/movement that is just catching our rear-view attention again’.
Hernan Bas, Memphis Living, runs from 26 April – 31 May at Victoria Miro,16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW & Victoria Miro Mayfair, 14 St George Street, London W1S 1FE