To celebrate the new article that is just now being released in the Arabella Magazine we have decided to make more people aware of Michael’s Facebook page and his “Daily Drawing” which he tries to post everyday. The more things you do with this contest – the more entries you will have. You can even go viral and share a link that will give you extra entries. There will also be drawings to choose from if you are the lucky winner. The drawings will be loaded on this page along with the details of each. The contest starts with 3 winners – however we will increase the number of drawings and winners for every 500 entries over 1500 up to 10 lucky winners. Make sure that you enter this Drawing Contest.
I have uploaded 20 drawing to this page. If you see something you like (there is only one available of each) and can’t bear to let someone else have it then by all means go ahead and purchase it. (each one has it’s own paypal button) If you are a lucky winner – then you will have your funds returned to you at the end of the contest or you can choose another to add to your collection. All of the funds that are raised through this promotion will used directly for molding and bronzing Michael’s ceramic sculptures.
Mobile Users can use the widget in the side bar to enter the Drawing Contest.
All drawings are 8 x 11 inches or 11 x 8 inches and from Michael’s daily Facebook posts of 20015. They are cataloged and entered into his inventory. Each drawing is sold with a certificate of authenticity and placed in a cellophane pouch for protection. These are unframed and un-matted. Drawings are shipped Canada Post expedited parcel with tracking and insurance for a flat rate of 15.00. All Drawings are 425.00 CAD and include taxes. You can purchase any of these drawings by clicking HERE. If they have sold they will be removed from this list and another will be added. You can enter the contest below the media gallery.
Michael Hermesh Mixed Media Drawings:
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Many of Michael’s works explore the concept flight. It is a recurring theme in many of his sculptures, drawings and paintings. This first gallery includes a newly released painting called American Crawl. It is an 8 x 10 inch acrylic on panel painting that depicts a man swimming in the aether.
This second gallery contains a few more conceptual drawings with the recurring theme of flight. These have all been done in the last year!
This final gallery contains a few paintings, drawings and sculptures that explore this same concept of flight.
Flight 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.
New Life Size Work by Michael Hermesh
Der TräumerPlaster and Metal Sculpture 76H x 45.5W x 23.5D inches plus 64 inch spear
The Blind Leading the Blind
The Madness Inherent in Confined Spaces
By Michael HermeshMixed Media on Board 38 x 29 inches 39.5 x 30.75 Framed
By the act of defining a viewpoint you are creating a confined space.
Our perceptions are limited by our assumptions – our job is to keep challenging our own assumptions knowing that it is an endless job. Look to Shiva.
Madness is responding to something that is not there – or not responding to something that is. It is quite normal again to perceive our assumptions as perceptions. There is no such thing as absolute sanity – it is a work in progress.
In this more modern version of Pieter Bruegel the Elders'”The Parable of the Blind Leading the Blind” – the figures expressions are more apathetic and disconnected with what is all going on around them. The narrative is very strong in this work with many small short stories embedded within the theme of turning a blind eye. The detail shots of this work only scratch the surface of all the small details you can find in Michael Hermeshs’ painting. The video embedded at the bottom of the pageo will give you some interesting insight into the original work.
This is Michael Hermesh’s version of Pieter Breughel the Elder’s “Parable of the Blind” 1568
The plot of the original painting depicted an Evangelic parable about an irrational blind man,
who agreed to be a guide for his fellow-sufferers.
During several centuries, this parable served as a didactic lesson for people whose behavior was dominated by spiritual blindness. In the picture The Blind Leading the Blind, Pieter Brueghel tried to show the moral tragedy of humanity through the physical ugliness of his characters.
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.)
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!
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
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.
“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.
Terroir: Physically Speaking
March 22 to May 12, 2013 at the
Penticton Art Gallery199 Marina Way, Penticton, BC V2A 1H3 Phone: 250.493.2928
This show will featured some New Sculpture, Paintings and Drawings by Michael Hermesh
“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.
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
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
Forever (The Problem with Forever is that it Ain’t Right Now)
This is the fourth of the six brand new works by Michael Hermesh that will be going into the Penticton Art Gallery for the group show called Terroir: Physically Speaking. It is ceramic sculpture that is about 37.5 inches tall by 6.75 inches wide and 8.5 inches deep and is titled “Forever (The Problem with Forever is that it Ain’t Right Now)”. The human figure of this is work originally appeared on HGTV’s The Stagers as the sculpture “Life in a Time of Joy”. The addition of the wolf and the new base has made this work an entirely new sculpture.