Monthly Archives: June 2013
This is a new painting by Michael Hermesh titled “The Persistence of Nature”. We have included quite a few detail shots with this work because it has a lot of detail within it. There are many narratives happening all at once that combine to make the whole of what Michael Hermesh is trying to say with this work. It is an acrylic mixed media painting that uses gesso and graphite for some of the details. There are many layers of glaze on this work. It measures 37.75 inches by 15.75 inches and is framed to in a natural wood finish frame to 39 inches by 17 inches. SOLD
In some remote corner of the universe, poured out and glittering in innumerable solar systems,
there once was a star on which clever animals invented knowledge. That was the highest and most mendacious minute of “world history”—yet only a minute. After nature had drawn a few breaths the star grew cold, and the clever animals had to die.
One might invent such a fable and still not have illustrated sufficiently how wretched, how shadowy and flighty, how aimless and arbitrary, the human intellect appears in nature. There have been eternities when it did not exist; and when it is done for again, nothing will have happened.
Happiness is dependent on meaning. Neither meaning or happiness are dependent on circumstance.
As the world changes – what keeps us together is not the persistent remnants of circumstance but the transcendency of meaning.
Right now the most powerful things we can do is to fight to protect the environment and to protect the commons. Our greatest enemy is nihilism.
(The significance contained in my art comes about in a largely spontaneous way. I am a poor illustrator of bumper sticker slogans. I would consider that a post modern trait. I am a fan of the mad visionary school.)