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I Dream’t I Could Fly Again (Angel)

This is a brand new arrival at the Lloyd Gallery! It’s a ceramic work that Michael Hermesh just finished today. It is 20.5 inches high, 13 inches wide and  8.5 inches deep. It is the first full size work in Michael Hermesh’s new Flight Suite Series.

Three thoughts about flying:

The most terrifying feat a person can commit is an act of pure creativity. It should never be confused with acts committed upon us that are beyond our control such as; tortured homelessness, starvation and rampant climate destabilization. While creativity is not beyond our control it definitely has no certainty of outcome… such as death.

Flight is a perfect metaphor for my art as a whole. The boundless freedom of the soul is given the opportunity of meaning by the weight of flesh.

My first introduction to flight as a child was not running outside to the sound of an airplane and watching in amazement – though I am of an age and a geographical region where that certainly could be true. My first awakening to flight was in lucid dreams, it was a reality more real than the agreed upon. I flew – I had rules which governed my freedom and whether mine or someone else’s they did not lessen the joy.

In reflection, I believe reality is bounded by the contracts we make, and just as our prisons are defined by our bars so are our freedoms.

Michael Hermesh

God Picks Winners – Michael Hermesh

God Pick Winners by Michael Hermesh

This sculpture is made of plaster and steel and is 37.5 inches high by 13 x 13 wide and deep. It is a little outside the norm of Michael Hermesh’s work given that he has an abhorrence of violence and guns in general. It’s strength is in its statement – God Picks Winners.

When we try to control, censor, censure, or destroy artists – we lose. If the arts are ignored, the result is not that images and thoughts disappear – they continue. We are not short of aesthetic objects; the shelves are lined with them. Corporate logos such as the culturally neutered Inukshuk abound. Mindless flags, corporate imagery, and self-aggrandizement become high art. We light the void with soulless enthusiasm; there is so much to market and so little to value. We all live near what has become the one of the world’s largest art galleries – Walmart.

The Primary function of art is not to aggrandize, amuse, educate or direct. Art is to be lived. The value is found in a vibrant culture worth living in.

The living soul of the “Arts” is provided by the individual artist and not by committees or by the corporations.

Aesthetics will never go away – but they may become obscene.

Michael Hermesh

God Picks Winners by Michael Hermesh

Plaster with Steel Armature; 37.5 inches x 13 x 13 inches
There Are No Secrets,
November 8th to 29, 2012, Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6J 1R2,
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The Undeniable Bravery of Your Average Balloonist – Michael Hermesh

The Undeniable Bravery of Your Average Balloonist by Michael Hermesh

This fabulous figurative mixed media sculpture by Michael Hermesh is 35 inches tall by eight inches wide and deep. The balloon adds still more height on its piano wire perch. Almost a mobile because the Balloon will move as you walk by or stir the air around it this work is available in a bronze version as well as the ceramic original. The ceramic original has a steel armature in the arm in order to support the balloon. The bronze version has a much more complex base.

Ceramic Version:

SOLD at The Avenue Gallery in Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC

 

Bronze Version:

Available at The White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC

The balloonist stands on a towering precipice ready to fall or take flight. This is a jumping off point, the leap of faith that is creativity. The visual language that is used here is a tower. In other pieces I have used a diving board with similar intent. The opposite of these visual symbols would be a bridge – where a person uses it to change his location or circumstance with a predetermined outcome. While Religions tend to prefer the imagery of bridges, I believe that artists like diving boards.

An argument could be made that creativity is the most frightening of all activities because the outcome is always a mystery. At the same time creativity is an integral part of a sane life. The unexpectedness and non-linearity of creativity makes us fools. That’s a good thing.

Michael Hermesh

The Flight Suite – Michael Hermesh

The Flight Suite, Michael Hermesh

The Flight Suite are a set of three smallish sculptures that will be revealed today at the White Rock Gallery’s December 2,2012 Winter Open House from Noon to 5PM. The first sculpture of a child flying a paper airplane is called Fly Now and is made of ceramic and paper is 12.5 inches tall. The second piece is the “Again, I Dreamt I Could Fly Again, which is a ceramic work that is 14.5 inches tall. The last work in this small series is the “Parachute Man”. A ceramic sculpture on a wood base that is 74 inches tall. The figure in this work is 8.5 inches tall.

 

The three pieces “Fly Now”, “Again, I Dreamt I could Fly Again”, and “Parachute man”
are 3 pieces done specifically for the White Rock Winter Open House, Sunday December 2 2012 Noon to 5 PM.

That they were a cohesive whole did not occur to me till I realized the commonality of the fight theme.

They are a cohesive narrative , not so much because they are 3 panels in a story board, though that would also work . Our relation ship to flying changes as we get older, in the end parachutes sturdy enough to carry the weight of baggage in a return journey to solid ground become a concern. And in the beginning we fly for the sake of flight.

Three thoughts about flying

  1. The most terrifying act a person can commit is an act of pure creativity. This is not to be confused with acts committed upon us, tortured homelessness, starvation and rampant climate destabilization are not swell to be sure, but they may be beyond our control, creativity is not. But it has no certainty of outcome… such as death .
  2. Flight is a perfect metaphor for my art as a whole. The boundless freedom of the soul is given the freedom of meaning by the weight of flesh.
  3. My first introduction to fight was not running outside to the sound of an airplane; and watching in amazement, though I am of an age and a geographical region where that certainly could be true. My first introduction to flight was lucid dreams, it was reality more real than the agreed upon. I flew – I had rules which governed my freedom, whether mine or someone else’s they did not lessen the joy.

In reflection, I believe reality is bounded by the contracts we make, and just as our prisons are defined by our bars so are our freedoms.

Michael Hermesh

Also available at this show are “Dog”. This is a 59.5 inch mixed media sculpture (ceramic, acrylic and metal) and a “Maquette for Calgary Zoo Proposal” that is 5.5 inches high.