Our friend Helen suggested we check out Miami artist Hernan Bas’ exhibit while we were visiting the Brooklyn Museum for First Saturdays. I love when someone gives me another reason to think my hometown is cool and Bas is certainly one.
He’s a punk rock romantic:
A wistful fairy:
And a heartbroken lover:
In probably his boldest move, he dared to killed the mermaid in a video installation come open-casket funeral offering called Ocean’s Symphony. It forced us to ask ourselves: what’s life without mermaids? No Darryl Hannah and Tom Hanks in Splash, no Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex. No “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “A Whole New World,” or a young and carefree Winona Ryder singing “If You Want to Be Happy for the Rest of Your Life” with Cher. Not even the Coney Island parade that packs our subways with sparkles and dust.
Life without mermaids would be boring indeed. Bring them back, Bas. Bring them back.
Posted by: Mariela