"I like rhythm’n blues, I like rock n’roll. AC/DC I like a lot, very loud!”, Stephen King
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago de Chile (MAC) opened on 15th of May, “Hell Ain’t A Bad Place to Be” by Abdul Vas, a young artist who stepped into the contemporary art scene with a singular outlook marked by unlikely elements such as baseball and rock n’roll.
Through drawings, paintings and visual installations, “Hell Ain’t A Bad Place to Be” places the viewer in a surrounding sound environment that is both captivating and bewildering. The experience unfolds a liberating art movement, in which Abdul Vas validates his strong connection with the imagery of American mass culture, and his dialogue with the urban culture of Motorcity “Kippenland”.
This aesthetic and deliberate representation, plays with topics as diverse as baseball and rock n’roll stadiums, strange and desolated venues, in which rooster-men observe shocking and frightening images, which become our own daily ‘well-mannered’ hell.
All achieved by combining antagonistic visual elements such as large Navistar trucks, Mack, the Cincinnati Reds’ baseball team, MLB, the rock bands’ aesthetics such as The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Slayer and the powerful rhythmic sound of AC/DC.
This project has had the collaboration of local participants such as the mythical “Schools of Rock” to create a space for young Chilean musicians, workshops with students and provide the opportunity for the viewer to experience the dynamics of rock n’roll by linking it to modern art.
Hailing from Maracay, Venuzuela, Abdul Vas (1981) has lived in Surinam, The Netherlands, Belgium and currently resides between Lisbon and Madrid. With a vast, irreverent oeuvre, Vas’ art has been exhibited in the USA, Latin America, Asia and Europe. As a multidisciplinary artist, his work encompasses drawing, painting, illustration of books and fanzines, photographic works and murals. His work is also part integrant of several international museums and private collections.
“Hell Ain´t A Bad Place to Be” by Venezuelan artist Abdul Vas, showcases portraits of men-headed chicken, tributes to rock bands and baseball, with works marked by the ‘American way of life’ mass culture. Now in Santiago de Chile’s Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (MAC) until 19th of July 2015, in Matucana 464, Santiago.