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The Weight of Light – Michael Hermesh

The Weight of Light by Michael Hermesh;

“The Weight of Light” by Michael Hermesh is 27 inches tall by, 7 inches wide and 7 inches deep. It depicts a child standing on a drum and carrying a large fish. This work is currently on display at the Ruby Blues Winery, 917 Naramata Road in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. Make sure you stop in and see Prudence and the gang and do some tasting of their wonderful wines!

One of the things that an artist is … Is a creator of the peoples narrative.

Not that it’s propaganda for any particular narrative but it’s a statement that there is a more profound narrative than corporate narrative. Narrative is the responsibility of  the individual. This may be practice for the time when the only crimes possible are memory and story. Smiley faces for everyone!

Michael Hermesh

New Work – The Weight of Light by Michael Hermesh

 

Sadly we announce the closing of the group show: Terroir: Physically Speaking at the Penticton Art Gallery. The show was very well received with many people enjoying visiting the gallery to check out the work of the six artist involved. The  Exhibition tour and the Meet the artist talks were also very well attended. If you missed the show the Shaw TV video interview with Michael Hermesh and Wanda Lock is still available for you to have a look at.

 

The second interview is has an interview with two of the other Terroir; Physically Speaking artists
Johann Wessels and Stephan Bircher

The Inner Life of Birds – Michael Hermesh

This brand new work by Michael Hermesh premiered at the Penticton Art Gallery’s Terroir: Physically Speaking show March 22nd through to May 12, 2013. This along with several of his other sculptures, paintings and drawings were extremely well received. You can view his full contribution to the show on the post Terroir: Physically Speaking.

The Inner Life of Birds is a ceramic work that is 37.5 inches tall by almost 7 inches wide by 8.5 inches deep. The feathers are also ceramic. This is one of Michael Hermesh’s larger ceramic works and it has a solid presence in any circumstance. It presents well on it’s own or next to other works. This work will be available at the Petley Jones Gallery for the South Granville Art Walk on June 22, 2013. This is a one day affair where 15 different participating  Art Galleries will be having special events.

Petley Jones Gallery 

1554 W 6th Ave Vancouver, BC V6J 1R2
(604) 732-5353
 

For more information on the South Granville Art  Walk click here

 

“The Inner Life of Birds” has an earthbound body.
The tragedy is not that this work is earthbound and cannot fly. The tragedy would be if flight no longer had meaning. We become our desires though we don’t all  get to become super hero’s like “The Inner Life of Birds”. However we do  become conscious of our own tragedies

Like Sisyphus we have a tale to tell of endeavor which becomes transcendent.

Michael Hermesh

Michael Hermesh ~ Terroir: Physically Speaking – Opens March 22, 2013

Terroir: Physically Speaking

March 22 to May 12, 2013  at the

Penticton Art Gallery

 199 Marina Way,
 Penticton, BC V2A 1H3
 Phone: 250.493.2928

This is a group show that includes Stephan Bircher, Rose Braun, Michael Hermesh, Wanda Lock, Shauna Oddleifson, and Johann Wessels

 This show will featured some New Sculpture, Paintings and Drawings by Michael Hermesh

 

Artist’s Statement

“Physically Speaking” is what figurative art is all about. A huge part of what we know about people is derived from their physical demeanor. Anatomy is psychology, psychology is spirit. My underlying exploration in art is creativity. Without creativity I do not believe the word spirit has any meaning at all. Creativity is a word who’s definition I am hung up on. What creativity is not; is the ability to combine disconnected ideas yielding something new, or random flamboyance, or loud incompetence,  or madness. Creation is an act of magic. The production of something that did not exist before – much like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat.

The idea of creativity is a revolt against a mechanistic universe. Something happens in an act of creation that is not cause and effect. That’s the whole point. To “Create” according to Marion Webster  – is to bring into existence. As the macro – so the micro, who created the creator? Without creativity, concepts that would be rendered meaningless are not hard to find. for example; personal responsibility, philosophical meaning, or the idea that art as anything other than a bumper sticker for a meme  Creativity is a beauty that shines through everything. It is the “Higgs Boson” of the spirit. Creative spirit, and the body are as beautiful as they are mystical.

Michael Hermesh

Exhibition Tour ~ 1 PM Saturday March 23

Michael Hermesh Artist Talk ~ Wednesday March 27th, 2012 ~ 2 PM

Show runs through till May 12, 2012

 Artist Talk (Meet the Artist): Wednesday, March 27th @ 2pm

Frank The Baggage Handler

It’s been more than eight years since Frank The Baggage Handler was installed in the Penticton Marina way roundabout. The confusion and controversy that surrounded the work still flairs up from time to time. The original plaster sculpture was sold a few years ago and now resides in a West Vancouver home. The first bronze out of three was installed at the Red Rooster Winery in Penticton when all the dust finally settled in Penticton.

The original controversy went world wide when the mayor of the City of Penticton insisted on censoring the work by covering the genitalia of the nude work. The work was installed with an ugly metal plate covering pubic area which caused even more controversy than the original censoring. The City council then over- ruled the mayor and the metal plate was removed. Unfortunately the damage was done by then and the work became a target for vandals. After being in the roundabout only 552 short days since his installation the artist Michael Hermesh was forced to remove the work to prevent further damage. The repair cost and damages the City of Penticton eventually had to pay amounted to more than 15,000.00. It also cost the artist  almost 3 years of legal wrangling and stress.

Over that time period this famous sculpture received a great deal of international media response including front page news on several national Canadian Newspapers.

I have imbedded some video files from the original controversy and the headline making news. These are original news videos from that time.

For more information and pictures about Frank the Baggage Handler you can visit his official site “The Baggage Handler”

Frank the Baggage Handler Original Installation

 

 Frank The Baggage Handler has Metal Plate Removed

Frank the Baggage Handler National TV

Frank the Baggage Handler gets Vandalized