New Exhibit: A Traveler

May 07, 2012 | by —brett sokol | Style & Beauty

Being homeless never looked so good. That’s the tongue-in-cheek takeaway from A Traveler, a new installation from the Miami-raised and now Detroit-based artist Hernan Bas. Commissioned by luxury retailer Louis Vuitton and housed within its Aventura store, A Traveler offers a playful spin on the alluring waifs and wasted dandies known to fans of Bas’s lush paintings. Here, the young man in question is brought to life in a short film, captured afoot in a forest. In one hand is a hobo’s bindle fashioned out of leather emblazoned with Louis Vuitton’s signature monogram and then tied to a birch branch. In the other is a bottle of Moët (a nod to the Champagne maker’s corporate parent, which also owns Louis Vuitton). On either side of the installation’s video screen are several of the bindles in question, bringing the cinematic spin on Depression-era chic into the third dimension. “I initially studied the history of Vuitton as a brand and as a cultural entity,” Bas explained to Artinfo about his inspiration for the project. “One notion kept coming to the surface: the art of travel.” But this wasn’t just any brand—it was a billion- dollar entity he’d been hired to artistically invoke. “It was a bit of friendly ‘monkey on one’s shoulder’—of course, a very stylish monkey.” A Traveler is on exhibit through November at Louis Vuitton, Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-931-3887


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