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The Life – Michael Hermesh

The Life by Michael Hermesh – Preview – There Are No Secrets

This sculpture by Michael Hermesh depicts a father carrying a backpack looking forward with his hand holding onto his child. He is standing on a boat. There is a dog with a paw holding down a fish on the the other end of the boat. It is unclear as to which figure is looking forward. This sculpture is 15 inches high by 11 inches wide by 6.5 inches deep.

It is not simple existence that gives us meaning.

Michael Hermesh

 

The Life by Michael Hermesh

Ceramic; 15 x 11 x 6.5 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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It Ain’t About You and It Ain’t About Death – Michael Hermesh

What if it’s all just a joke?

Michael Hermesh

It Ain’t About You and It Ain’t About Death by Michael Hermesh

Mixed Media Diptych on Board; 47.5 x 57.5 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 Long Moment – Michael Hermesh

The Long Moment by Michael Hermesh

The personal significance of this piece came to me as a compete surprise.

I was sculpting with the intent of exploring the theme of father and son. I came to realize that what I was sculpting was actually an exact moment in my past, a very vivid memory. I grew up in small town Saskatchewan, my father used to leave for longer periods to work in the north, one day about a week before Christmas my father was again on his way out the front door, I was sitting on the floor looking up at him when I had the strong thought; “pay attention and remember your father because you may never see him again.” He was dead soon after.

I also became conscious that I am now roughly the age of my father at that time. I realized that as I was sculpting my father I was to some extant doing a self-portrait. That father and child are both part of who I am now. The moment is with me always.

Michael Hermesh

The Long Moment by Michael Hermesh

There Are No Secrets,
November 8th to 29, 2012, Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6J 1R2,
p: (604) 732 5353 | toll free: 1 888 732 5353 | f: (604) 732 5350 |
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Separate Freedoms – Michael Hermesh

Separate Freedoms – Michael Hermesh – Preview There Are No Secrets

This sculpture has two sets of stairs in it. At the top of one set of stairs is a fully clothed male and at the top of the second set of stairs there is a nude male. This sculpture by Michael Hermesh is a mobile in that each figure can turn  to face various directions. It is 22 inches high by 10 inches wide and 5 inches deep.

 

Separate Freedoms by Michael Hermesh

Ceramic; 22 x 10 x 5 inches
There Are No Secrets,
November 8th to 29, 2012, Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6J 1R2,
p: (604) 732 5353 | toll free: 1 888 732 5353 | f: (604) 732 5350 |
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Snakes and Angels – Michael Hermesh

Snakes and Angels by Michael Hermesh

Diptych Mixed Media on Board
19.5 x 48 inches and 19.5 x 10 inches

This mixed media acrylic on board painting by Michael Hermesh depicts row of male entities standing with their legs wide apart. There is no indication of why they are standing in this pose but there is a separation between them and the next panel. In that separation we see a cherub floating towards them. The second panel has a lone entity standing in the same position as the others with two barely seen snakes coiled at his feet. The narrative of this work is obscure and unclear yet it seems to remind us vaguely of a story from our childhood.

Snakes exist – as do Angels; at least in a metaphorical sense. They are the characters of our own personal mythology. This mythology is part of a game where we either take responsibility for the rules or hand the rules over to a committee. Taking responsibility is a big part of being alive.

There is a faith that I subscribe to – “The universe is ultimately beautiful and meaningful”. Without this assumption I could not produce art. The basis for this belief is my understanding that a scientific theory, if true, is beautiful. This extrapolates to the idea that a meaningless universe would be ugly and inconsistent.

Michael Hermesh

Snakes and Angels by Michael Hermesh

There Are No Secrets,
November 8th to 29, 2012, Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6J 1R2,
p: (604) 732 5353 | toll free: 1 888 732 5353 | f: (604) 732 5350 |

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The Bread Crumb Man – Michael Hermesh

The Bread Crumb Man by Michael Hermesh – Preview; There Are No Secrets

This sculpture was a strong influence on his selection of a title and theme for his show. In this work there is a man wearing a tweed coat and carrying a briefcase. At his feet are trees bent to the wind. This sculpture is 25.5 inches high by 6 inches wide and deep.

Art is in part the mapping out of dream time. These maps are not as solid and as concrete as the directions you may follow on a GPS. In our own personal dream time our bread crumbs of truth are picked up and tucked away by an entity we consider not to be ourselves.

I do not sculpt to illustrate stories or ideas; the narrative attached to a piece always comes while sculpting it or after the piece is finished.

 As we go through life we have the feeling that there is a way back. Somehow we have the possibility to return to where we were before. Like Hansel and Gretel in the woods we drop crumbs. We take pictures, save mementos, create memories, and as we travel through life, behind us, the Bread Crumb Man picks up the crumbs and puts them in his suitcase. The Breadcrumb man may be a thief.

Michael Hermesh

The Bread Crumb Man by Michael Hermesh

Ceramic; 25.5 inches x 6 x 6 inches
There Are No Secrets,
November 8th to 29, 2012, Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6J 1R2,
p: (604) 732 5353 | toll free: 1 888 732 5353 | f: (604) 732 5350 |

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The Conversation by Michael Hermesh

The Conversation by Michael Hermesh – Preview; There Are No Secrets

This is a new ceramic sculpture called The Conversation by Michael Hermesh. It is 21.5 inches high by 23 inches wide by 4.5 inches deep. It depicts two male nude figures on their knees with silent distance between them. There is tension in their hands and bodies that gives an emotional intensity to both of their stances and allows the impression of earnest intent between them. Their nudity suggests vulnerability and because of this there is a shared awareness between them. This emotionally dynamic sculpture will be a part of Michael Hermesh’s show – There Are No Secrets, which is scheduled to open on November 8, 2012.

Self awareness is the act of looking, we see ourselves in the eyes of others.

Michael Hermesh

 

The Conversation by Michael Hermesh

Ceramic; 21.5 inches x 23 x 4.5 inches
There Are No Secrets,
November 8th to 29, 2012, Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6J 1R2,
p: (604) 732 5353 | toll free: 1 888 732 5353 | f: (604) 732 5350 |

When sculpting or drawing a person I always like to think that the narrative behind the face is always much more descriptive than the exact physical representation. Objects or thoughts also have the power of narrative existence.

Michael Hermesh

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The Gyre – Michael Hermesh

The Gyre by Michael Hermesh

Acrylic on Board; 37.5 inches by 47.5 inches
There Are No Secrets,
November 8th to 29, 2012, Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6J 1R2,
p: (604) 732 5353 | toll free: 1 888 732 5353 | f: (604) 732 5350 |
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One of the major strengths in Michael’s art is his ability to impart narrative in a way that completely connects with each and every viewer. The Gyre by Michael Hermesh is one of his strongest examples of this talent because there are so many narratives going on within the entire painting. As a whole the work is cohesive and stunning with it’s impact. Then the viewer is completely pulled into the painting and continually discovering new and hidden gems of narrative in a way that the painting becomes mesmerizing. There are a thousand stories here just waiting to be discovered and a thousand unanswered questions. It’s up to the viewer to discover the essence of what this work means to them and for each person it will be entirely different.

The Gyre by Michael Hermesh is regarded by the artist’s peers as one of his most powerful works to date. A close friend suggested that this poem was a strong companion to the piece.

 

 

“TURNING and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.”

from “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats