Wish You Were Here

Hernan Bas, Alejandro Cardenas, Hulda Guzmán, Soumya Netrabile, Caroline Walker

July 24 - September 11, 2021

6150 Wilshire Blvd

Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce Wish You Were Here, a group exhibition featuring works by Hernan Bas, Alejandro Cardenas, Hulda Guzmán, Soumya Netrabile, and Caroline Walker. The exhibition will be on view July 24 – September 11, 2021 at the gallery’s 6150 Wilshire Blvd location.

Sending a postcard is a romantic gesture. The customary sign off, ‘wish you were here,’ is a conjuring, a way to share your joy with someone far away. Although they can also serve a commemorative and memorializing function—depicting iconic landmarks or exotic destinations. They are tokens of nostalgia, sentimentality, and longing for something absent. The artists in Wish You Were Here present views into the realm of the psyche, portals that meditate on the slipperiness of reality, and contemplative explorations of daily life, transcendence, and fantasy.

Hernan Bas’ works investigate self-reflection, desire, and obsessions that invite the viewer to recognize their own curiosities and oddities. His work frequently depicts adolescent male figures, such as in A gathering of minds (the agoraphobic), which depicts a solitary blonde boy stuck at home, surrounded by his only company—classical busts and flourishing potted plants. The highly expressive portraits balance emotional realism with dreamy romanticism.

The ethereal scenes depicted in Alejandro Cardenas’ paintings evoke a world in transition. Inspired by the post-modern architectural environment of his youth growing up in Miami, Cardenas builds a whole universe of possibility and narrative depth. In these works, statuesque androgynes pose in private soliloquy near ledges, windows, and cutouts that open up to infinite expanses of still turquoise waters.

In the paintings of Hulda Guzmán, humans, animals, and fantastic creatures alike, act out the giant drama of life. Across the canvases, her subjects dance, lounge, dream, and play in modernly furnished interiors and verdant landscapes. The artist blends reality with illusions of fantasy, drawing from both her imagination as well as her natural surroundings within the Dominican Republic.

Working intuitively, Soumya Netrabile channels her subconscious and mines memories from nature walks to create her paintings. In The Turning, an azure peacock struts through a vivid and atmospheric field of majestic color. A forest of green, amber, and peach, surrounds a bear facing off with a hiker, in The Encounter, each dwarfed by swirling flame-like brushstrokes. Netrabile dissolves real space into lyrical abstraction, uncovering poetic and spiritual connections to landscape.

Caroline Walker’s quiet, intimate portraits blur boundaries between public and private scenes. Working from her own photographic source material, the female subjects in her compositions are seen from a vantage point through windows or from behind fences. This voyeuristic approach emphasizes the distance between viewers and the anonymous women depicted resulting in rich emotional scenes with narrative tension.

Wish You Were Here

Hernan Bas, Alejandro Cardenas, Hulda Guzmán, Soumya Netrabile, Caroline Walker

July 24 - September 11, 2021

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Wish You Were Here, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Hulda Guzmán Volare, 2021
Acrylic gouache on canvas 23 x 46 inches / 58.4 x 116.8 cm
Hulda Guzmán Volare, 2021
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Hulda Guzmán Volare, 2021
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Hernan Bas The palm tree enthusiast, 2021 Acrylic and gouache on Arches, framed 30 x 22 1/2 inches / 76.2 x 57.2 cm
Wish You Were Here, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Wish You Were Here, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Hulda Guzmán Expect miracles, 2021
Acrylic gouache, wood veneer, and watercolor 24 x 39 inches / 61 x 99.1 cm
Hulda Guzmán Expect miracles, 2021
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Hulda Guzmán Expect miracles, 2021
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Hulda Guzmán Vybrant, 2021
Acrylic gouache and watercolor in on wood panel 32 x 45 1/2 inches / 81.3 x 115.6 cm
Hulda Guzmán Vybrant, 2021
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Hulda Guzmán Vybrant, 2021
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Hulda Guzmán Friends, 2021
Acrylic gouache on canvas 24 x 28 inches / 61 x 71.1 cm
Hulda Guzmán Friends, 2021
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Wish You Were Here, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Wish You Were Here, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Hulda Guzmán Holy visit, 2021
Acrylic gouache, wood veneer, and watercolor ink on wood panel 30 1/8 x 47 7/8 inch / 76.5 x 121.6 cm
Hulda Guzmán Holy visit, 2021
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Hulda Guzmán Holy visit, 2021
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Wish You Were Here, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Hernan Bas The conceptual artist #1 (he exclusively mixes his paints with water from Niagara Falls, 2021
Acrylic and watercolor on linen 72 x 60 inches / 182.9 x 152.4 cm
Hernan Bas The conceptual artist #1 (he exclusively mixes his paints with water from Niagara Falls, 2021
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Hernan Bas The conceptual artist #1 (he exclusively mixes his paints with water from Niagara Falls, 2021
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Caroline Walker Sunday Evening, 2021 Oil on linen 125 x 100 cm [HxW] (49 ⁷⁄₃₂" x 39 ³⁄₈") Inventory #CW1032
Wish You Were Here, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Wish You Were Here, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Wish You Were Here, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Soumya Netrabile The Encounter, 2021
Oil on canvas 60 x 48 inches / 152.4 x 121.9 cm
Soumya Netrabile The Encounter, 2021
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Soumya Netrabile The Encounter, 2021
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Soumya Netrabile Things You Can’t Reach, 2021
Oil on canvas 60 x 48 inches / 152.4 x 121.9 cm
Soumya Netrabile Things You Can’t Reach, 2021
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Soumya Netrabile Things You Can’t Reach, 2021
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Wish You Were Here, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Wish You Were Here, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Hernan Bas Sunburnt after sundown, 2021
Acrylic and gouache on Arches, framed 30 x 22 1/2 inches / 76.2 x 57.2 cm
Wish You Were Here, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Alejandro Cardenas Imperial, 2021
Acrylic on canvas 46 x 61 inches / 127 x 152 cm
Alejandro Cardenas Imperial, 2021
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Alejandro Cardenas Spear House, 2021
Acrylic on canvas 46 x 61 inches / 127 x 152 cm
Alejandro Cardenas Spear House, 2021
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Alejandro Cardenas Spear House, 2021
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Alejandro Cardenas Atlantis, 2021
Acrylic on canvas 46 x 61 inches / 127 x 152 cm
Alejandro Cardenas Atlantis, 2021
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Wish You Were Here, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Caroline Walker Kitchen Window, 2021
Oil on linen 41 3/8 x 31 ¹⁄₂ inches / 105 x 80 cm
Caroline Walker Spellbrook, 2021
Oil on board 17 3/4 x 14 1/4 inches / 45 x 36 cm
Wish You Were Here, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Wish You Were Here, 2021, Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Hernan Bas A gathering of minds (the agoraphobic), 2021
Acrylic on linen 72 x 60 inches / 182.9 x 152.4 cm
Hernan Bas A gathering of minds (the agoraphobic), 2021
Detail
Hernan Bas A gathering of minds (the agoraphobic), 2021
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EXHIBITION TEXT

Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce Wish You Were Here, a group exhibition featuring works by Hernan Bas, Alejandro Cardenas, Hulda Guzmán, Soumya Netrabile, and Caroline Walker. The exhibition will be on view July 24 – September 11, 2021 at the gallery’s 6150 Wilshire Blvd location.

Sending a postcard is a romantic gesture. The customary sign off, ‘wish you were here,’ is a conjuring, a way to share your joy with someone far away. Although they can also serve a commemorative and memorializing function—depicting iconic landmarks or exotic destinations. They are tokens of nostalgia, sentimentality, and longing for something absent. The artists in Wish You Were Here present views into the realm of the psyche, portals that meditate on the slipperiness of reality, and contemplative explorations of daily life, transcendence, and fantasy.

Hernan Bas’ works investigate self-reflection, desire, and obsessions that invite the viewer to recognize their own curiosities and oddities. His work frequently depicts adolescent male figures, such as in A gathering of minds (the agoraphobic), which depicts a solitary blonde boy stuck at home, surrounded by his only company—classical busts and flourishing potted plants. The highly expressive portraits balance emotional realism with dreamy romanticism.

The ethereal scenes depicted in Alejandro Cardenas’ paintings evoke a world in transition. Inspired by the post-modern architectural environment of his youth growing up in Miami, Cardenas builds a whole universe of possibility and narrative depth. In these works, statuesque androgynes pose in private soliloquy near ledges, windows, and cutouts that open up to infinite expanses of still turquoise waters.

In the paintings of Hulda Guzmán, humans, animals, and fantastic creatures alike, act out the giant drama of life. Across the canvases, her subjects dance, lounge, dream, and play in modernly furnished interiors and verdant landscapes. The artist blends reality with illusions of fantasy, drawing from both her imagination as well as her natural surroundings within the Dominican Republic.

Working intuitively, Soumya Netrabile channels her subconscious and mines memories from nature walks to create her paintings. In The Turning, an azure peacock struts through a vivid and atmospheric field of majestic color. A forest of green, amber, and peach, surrounds a bear facing off with a hiker, in The Encounter, each dwarfed by swirling flame-like brushstrokes. Netrabile dissolves real space into lyrical abstraction, uncovering poetic and spiritual connections to landscape.

Caroline Walker’s quiet, intimate portraits blur boundaries between public and private scenes. Working from her own photographic source material, the female subjects in her compositions are seen from a vantage point through windows or from behind fences. This voyeuristic approach emphasizes the distance between viewers and the anonymous women depicted resulting in rich emotional scenes with narrative tension.

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