Writing Off the Walls 2022

Creativity in the age of CoVID

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White Birds - Jo-Ann Brody

Based on Hernan Bas' Painting
Night Flight or Midnight Migration, or My Merry Way, 2008

13 white birds,

Egrets, I think.

A young dancer

Choreographs to

Dad’s music

Creates the motion

“13 ways of looking at a

black bird.”

Birds flying,

Birds feeding,

Birds perching,

Posing, diving,


Egrets, intense

Calligraphic lines

White splotches

Bursts of non-color

The landscape sings

Fecund and fertile

Wet and lush

Lagoon with

a tropical sun?

Or is it the moon?

But …

Formally dressed


Out of place

Out of tune

Not flying

Not diving

Not whirling



Off center

Feel free to navigate through the tabs to hear the recording/poem of White Birds. The recording/poem are based on Hernan Bas' painting, Night Flight or Midnight Migration,
or My Merry Way, 2008.

Night Flight or Midnight Migration, or My Merry Way, 2008

Hernan Bas

American, born 1978

Night Flight or Midnight Migration, or My Merry Way, 2008

Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 72 inches

“I do like the idea that everything is contained—the entire narrative, within the frame of the canvas,” said Hernan Bas, “but paintings that I consider to be successful are always on the verge of falling apart. To me, that’s the fun of it—the eminent collapse, and also the challenge.”


His work revolves around the romantic and melancholic images of the classical world, with references to Oscar Wilde, Joris-Karl Huysmans and other writers of the Aesthetic and Decadent literary movements. Nature scenes with contemplative and solitary young males in a universe without women are a recurring motif in his painting. In the worlds imagined by Bas, good and evil are not simply counter points; they are identical. Solo shows include: Colby College Art Museum, Waterville, ME; Galerie Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan ; Mayfair, London, UK; Zurich, Switzerland; SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami; Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France; Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong, China; Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany among others. He participated in group exhibitions at Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Penn., Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK , Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy and Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. His work has been acquired by: Brooklyn Museum, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Saatchi Collection, London, UK; Samuso: Space for Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. http://www.peterkilchmann.com/artists/hernan-bas/overview/centre-de-arte-contemporaneo-2018

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