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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

Gratuitous Bailee – Michael Hermesh

Gratuitous Bailee by Michael Hermesh

(With A Nod to Gerhard Richter)

***UPDATE:  This work was SOLD by the White Rock Gallery***

 1247 Johnston Road White Rock, BC, CANADA V4B 3Y9

Telephone:  604.538.4452  Toll-Free:  1.877.974.4278

This is another one of the  sculptures that premiered at the Penticton Art Gallery for the group show called Terroir: Physically Speaking. It is a plaster sculpture that is about 67.5 inches tall by 12 inches wide and 12 inches deep on it’s plinth. There are two of these and it is titled “Gratuitous Bailee” The heads are taken from the mold for the bronze cast of Frank the Baggage Handler. The space between the sculptures is as important as the sculptures themselves.

We’ve had a little fun with these photos.

 Definition: A bailment in which the bailee accepts personal property without expecting compensation. For example, a gratuitous bailment is created when a bailee borrows a bailor’s property. In gratuitous bailments, the bailee is liable to the bailor for the loss of or damage to the property only if it was caused by the bailee’s gross negligence.

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Terroir: Physically Speaking

Michael Hermesh

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 BircherRose BraunMichael HermeshWanda LockShauna Oddleifson, and Johann Wessels

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

Pamphleteer’s Holiday – Michael Hermesh

Pamphleteer’s Holiday by Michael Hermesh

***UPDATE:  This work is currently available at the Avenue Gallery***

 2184 Oak bay Avenue, Victoria, BC, CANADA V8R 1G3

Telephone:  250.598.2184  Toll-Free:  1.844.598.2184

This is the Third of the five brand new works that premiered at the Penticton Art Gallery for the group show called Terroir: Physically Speaking. It is ceramic sculpture that is about 9.5 inches tall by 10.5 inches wide and 6.5 inches deep and is titled “Pamphleteer’s Holiday”

 

 

Identity plays a large part in my art in so much as I consider all art to be narrative in terms of subject,
the viewer, or the message. A narrative without identity is at best a cold irrelevant equation. That being said a happy face is a generic idea of happiness without the messy encumbrances of humanity. Joy as a product is as rampant as it is vapid. Self abnegation is a by product of the propaganda of joy. Service to an economic cause is a mask that hides an emptiness of spirit.

Michael Hermesh

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 BircherRose BraunMichael HermeshWanda LockShauna Oddleifson, and Johann Wessels

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

she was an animist – Michael Hermesh

she was an animist

***UPDATE:  This work is currently available at the White Rock Gallery***

 1247 Johnston Road White Rock, BC, CANADA V4B 3Y9

Telephone:  604.538.4452  Toll-Free:  1.877.974.4278

This is the second of the five brand new works that premiered at the Penticton Art Gallery for the group show called Terroir: Physically Speaking. It is ceramic sculpture that is about 23 inches tall by 13.75 inches wide and 5.25 inches deep and is titled “She was an Animist”.

I do not have a clue about how the universe is put together but I very much doubt it is put
together as a spiritual hierarchy. The idea of animism – where all things are treated with the respect due a spiritual entity does not seem like such a bad operating principal though. I love the idea that a rock exists because it wants to.

Michael Hermesh

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 BircherRose BraunMichael HermeshWanda LockShauna Oddleifson, and Johann Wessels

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

“Life in a Time of Joy” by Michael Hermesh featured on HGTV’s “The Stagers”

July 13, 2009
A couple of months ago HGTV’s tv program “The Stagers” used one of my sculptures in the program “Dazzling the Designer”. They actually did some nice close-ups of the work. “Life in a Time of Joy” has become a TV Celebrity!
Last week Carol, Angel and I stopped in at the Sonoran Estate Winery. I was considering placing some of my work there for the BC wide Cultural Crawl that’s going to run from July 25th to August 29th. We decided to tast some of the wines while we were there. I have to say that I was very very pleasantly surprised. This little winery can make some WINE! As it was still early in the season most of what they had on hand were the the whites and lighter reds. All I can say is that we left with five bottles of wine that we know we are thoroughly going to enjoy this summer. This winery is a must for tasting this year if you are in the neighborhood!